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Caffeine May Contribute To Feelings Of Anxiety

Updated on February 27, 2015

Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulants increase a person's heart rate and energy levels. Caffeine may also make a person feel nervous and jittery, much like anxiety does. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, there is a possibility that caffeine may be causing your symptoms to get worse. Consuming too much caffeine could possibly even lead to a full blown panic attack in some people.


SUGGESTIONS

♦Try gradually cutting down on the caffeine you consume on a daily basis.
♦Drink decaf or non caffeinated beverages, such as decaf coffee or herbal teas.
♦Drink more water in place of the caffeinated beverages.
♦Do not consume energy drinks or supplements.



Anxiety symptoms such as nervousness, sweating and a racing heart can all be caused by consuming too much caffeine. Some people do not realize that their morning coffee may eventually lead to more symptoms of anxiety throughout the morning. By switching to decaf or non caffeinated beverages, you may see a decrease in your anxiety. Herbal teas may be a good substitute for those who like drinking tea. Drinking chamomile tea may actually be beneficial for those with anxiety because it is soothing and relaxing.

If you drink regular soda brands like Coke or Pepsi, try opting for caffeine free versions of these brands. The high amount of sugar in soda could possibly contribute to anxiety too, so you may want to be cautious about drinking too much soda. If you do not want to give up drinking soda, you might want to drink sodas that have no caffeine, such as ginger ale or Sprite. There are also some flavored sodas that do not contain any caffeine, such as some brands of root beer, grape or orange soda. Make sure to read the ingredients labels or the print on the bottle to see whether or not the product contains caffeine.

Cutting caffeine out of your diet may be hard at first. Try to cut the caffeine out of your diet slowly so that you do not experience a caffeine withdrawal. You may want to start a journal before you stop consuming caffeine. Write in the journal and rate your anxiety on a level of 1-10 (10 being worst) prior to stopping your caffeine intake. When you have reached the point where you stop consuming caffeine, take note as to whether or not your symptoms of anxiety have improved.

It may be worth experimenting and seeing if caffeine contributes to your feelings of anxiety. I have known people who had anxiety and panic attacks after drinking beverages with large amounts of caffeine. Very small amounts of caffeine might not have much of an effect on anxiety. However, if you are regularly consuming more than a small amount of caffeine, you may be experiencing more symptoms of anxiety.



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