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Did you know…
According to Psychology Today, caffeine is the most commonly used drug in the world? It is a naturally occurring substance found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and certain other plants; it is also frequently added to other products such as soda, energy drinks, over-the-counter cold medications, and weight-loss aids.

Caffeine “addiction” is very common in Canada. Between having to be available 24/7, working 10-12 hour days, and just trying to keep up with life…you might feel the need for a lift. Hence sleep less, work more, and drink tons of coffee to get that jolt during the day.

If you’re looking to beat this psychological addiction you need to fill the void – here are some suggestions:

Take a breather:
If you can take a few days or a week and get out of the rat race that would be awesome, but if time is not on your side try going to sleep earlier for starters.

Break a sweat:
Jump right out of bed in the morning and start moving that body. People who linger in bed tend to feel (or think) they are lazy and need that cup to get going.

Lighten up:
Try keeping your house bright and well lit. Research shows that open, bright homes lower melatonin levels which keep you alert and energized. In fact, so does the colour yellow! Try keeping yellow flowers all around the house.

Chow down:
Eat regular meals and include healthy snacks so you don’t think you need a pick me up.

Switch it up:
If you replace coffee with interesting, special non-caffeinated herbal teas every day for just three weeks you will have developed a new habit, but a much healthier one.