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My Personal Caffeine Experiment: The Results

Friday, December 28th, 2012

There are so many variables in any given day that can effect my physiological arousal — not just caffeine, but sleep, weather, exercise, and so on — that it’s pretty difficult to detect when coffee alone is the culprit.


My Personal Caffeine Experiment: The Predictions

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Karl, the coffee shop owner, said that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between half-decaf and fully-caffeinated Americano. The difference, he said, was so slight. GAME ON, KARL.


My Personal Caffeine Experiment: The Setup

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Six cups of Americano. Six different days. Six different opportunities for me to blindly guess the caffeine content of each drink.


‘Celebrating’ World Mental Health Day With a Panic Attack

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I can’t panic now, I thought. I want to pay this parking ticket. I have a hair cut appointment in a half hour. Then, I need to grade some more papers. I’ve got shit to do. Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.


Five Steps Toward A More Mindful Relationship With Caffeine

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I want to create a truce with caffeine. I want to recognize that my body’s reactions to this drug are completely normal. I want to train myself to be comfortable with caffeine again.


Cozying Up With Caffeine: Can Mindfulness Help?

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Caffeine is an unavoidable drug, and I don’t want to fear it. I don’t want the buzzy sensation I feel when I take the migraine meds to create a fertile breeding ground for panic.


Poll For Anxiety Sufferers: Do You Drink Caffeine?

Friday, September 7th, 2012

If you had a rough work week, perhaps you’re exhausted. And I’d love to know something about your exhaustion: do you treat it with sleep or with caffeine?


I’m a Night Owl. Should I Fight It or Accept It?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

I have this wonderful soon-to-be-husband with whom I’d like to sync sleep cycles with. Last night, he went to bed at 9 pm so he could wake up at 6 am for work. Five hours later, after organizing my counter, putting away dishes, and listening to a few podcasts, I finally settled down to sleep at about 2 am.


Is It Time to Ditch Caffeine? Part II: Monitor (and Moderate) Your Consumption

Monday, November 14th, 2011

How many milligrams of caffeine do you consume on a daily basis? What about on the days when you enjoy that extra latte or pop two Excedrin for a headache? Think it’s doing anything to compound your anxiety?


Is It Time to Ditch Caffeine? Part I: Weigh the Pros and Cons

Friday, November 11th, 2011

When practical, I prefer listening to my body (by napping) over fighting against my body (by stuffing it with caffeine until I feel energized again).


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