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Oct. 22nd, 2008 | 06:16 pm

I really have to cut down on the caffeine. I'm finding it really hard to deal with the comedowns.

That does sound rather pathetic but it's true. I always used to crash in the afternoon of the working day due to withdrawal, and it's a nasty withdrawal, low mood, no motivation, complete lack of energy but too much irritability to properly rest. Nowadays my work day stretches discontinuously from when I wake up to when I go to sleep and I can't afford to crash at 5-6pm. I have stuff that needs doing this evening, I really do.

My to-do lists are scary at the moment, and when you are scared by your to-do lists it mostly means you're either not doing ticking enough things off or you're not constructing them in the right way. I could probably do with moving a lot of the projects I've set myself to the "someday/maybe" list. It would, though, help if I was awake.
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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)

Gradual withdrawal. Mix in one fifth decaf with your usual brew, drink this for a week - don't drink Coke, tea, etc just stick to the coffee. Mix in two-fifths decaf with your usual brew, drink this for a week, etc. Expect the odd headache, tremor and anxiety attack in the first week or two but nothing major.

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Is this the right time to be quitting caffeine?

from: madeleine
date: Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)

I've been in that situation. I just ride the caffeine until the crises is over. Contending with the symptoms complicates things.

Here: focus on this --

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Diary of an Ass Monkey

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from: assmonkeydiary
date: Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)

I accidentally went all day without caffeine yesterday and was shocked by how fine I was. Not that I drink all that much of it, just a cup of coffee a day, but I didn't even get a headache. Good luck.

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