It’s been two weeks since I changed my coffee habits, as in, I gave it up cold turkey.
Granted, I still make coffee for my husband daily (he’s a lucky dude). Its aroma that fills the house each morning triggers the pleasure center in my brain. I sense that same desire for coffee immediately. The want is still there and there is a definite longing. I know this because these thoughts would twirl around in my mind:
“Should I have a small amount?”
“A little bit won’t hurt.”
“Nobody will know!”
Then I follow with these conversations with myself:
“You don’t need it right now.” answer: yup you’re right.
“It won’t serve you today.” answer: nope, it won’t.
“What are you capable of doing?” answer: a lot! I don’t need coffee.
“How will you feel if you did have it?” answer: like I can’t trust myself, and I don’t want to feel that.
Each day that goes by, that desire for coffee lingers a little less.
What I am finding is this: my body adjusted to no caffeine in just a few days, no problem, but my mind has not caught up yet. It still wants to create drama around this situation.
Clearly, the body requires less time to adapt to changes.
But it’s the mind that is in control.
How has giving up coffee serve me these last two weeks? I am not sure it has done too much in terms of physiological changes (I may be sleeping better). More importantly, what these two weeks have taught me is that my body is more than capable of taking care of itself when I allow it to do so.
In addition, I am learning that when I manage my mind (like babysitting a toddler), I can pretty much withstand any emotions that appear. Those conversations are to be expected. How I respond to them will lead me to my actions which are entirely my own decisions.
I just need to remember that:
Change takes practice.
Change takes pausing.
Change takes persistence.
What about you? Do you find that your body excepts change so much more readily than your mind?