Month: October 2016

Caffeine: One Athlete’s Elixir is Another Person’s Poison

Coffee. I love it. I love the aroma, the sounds of it brewing, the rich flavors, and of course the pick-me-up. Coffee makes me feel happy, calm even. I hear the irony in that statement. Coffee has caffeine, which can agitate anxious people into an even more anxious state. Me however, the whole ritual involved and the clutching of my warm coffee cup like a comforting  “woobie” actually relaxes me. The caffeine perk is also welcomed by me in the morning when I feel like a sloth who can’t keep up with the barrage of morning thoughts flowing from my enthusiastic and happy child, or my husband running through the logistics of the day with abandon. All the while, I either want to crawl back deep under the covers and hide with my youngest son, or bulldoze everyone out of the way to reach the morning cup of calm wakefulness. Aaaah, yes, first sip. Now I can hear what you are saying. Now I can try and keep up with the pace of the morning …