Caffeine is basically the Jekyll and Hyde of beverages. At first, those cups of coffee completely energize you , helping you get through your work meetings and deadlines with ease. But after one cup too many, things can quickly take a turn for the worse, leaving you with everything from jitters and headaches to diarrhea and heart palpitations. Yeah, not fun.
To make sure your coffee-drinking habits help you—not hurt you!—it’s important to ensure you don’t overdo it on your caffeine intake. And, have some tools up your sleeve for those days you couldn’t resist ordering one more cold brew […]
While 400 mg might not sound like a lot, it’s more than you would think. According to the Mayo Clinic, that’s about the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee. Going beyond that amount could cause you to experience some uncomfortable symptoms and side effects that will quickly alert you that you’ve had too much.
1. Drink water
One of the best things you can do when you’re feeling the effects of too much caffeine is grab your trusty water bottle. “Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, and dehydration can make symptoms worse,” Nieves says. “Stay well hydrated until the caffeine naturally leaves your system.”
2. Take a walk
“Gentle physical activity can help calm the jitters. In fact, working out can help reduce headache symptoms as well,” Nieves says. If walking isn’t for you, also try other gentle workouts like Pilates and yoga.
3. Practice breathing exercises
“Deep breathing techniques can help relieve the anxiety that an excess of caffeine can cause,” After you’re done deep breathing, you’ll instantly feel more relaxed.
While you’re lying down with your eyes closed practicing deep breathing, you might as well add some meditation into the mix, too. “Meditation can also be useful to calm all that nervous stimulation,” Nieves says. Instead of just taking a handful of deep breaths, allow yourself to meditate for at least 10 minutes.