We’ve all had too much coffee at one point or another, being left with an urge to pee every five minutes, shaking, anxiety, and that restless, inability to sit still feeling. If you are stuck with the coffee jitters and it’s affecting your productivity and focus, learn how to offset the effects of too much coffee, fast!
First of all, eat something! A piece of toast is best, rather than a sugary donut, which is not only unhealthy for you but also is likely to just give you more false energy. Eat a bread-like substance, or a banana, or a granola bar. Just get something in your system to help soak up all that caffeine.
Drink some water. Better yet, to avoid the coffee jitters to begin with, drink a cup of water for every couple cups of coffee. Drinking water also helps you pee less. Water dilutes the coffee in your system, and with coffee being a diuretic (making you pee), water tones it down so you retain more of the liquid and don’t get the urge to pee so much. Coffee also tends to dehydrate you since it is a diuretic, so drinking more water helps put that needed hydration back into your body, giving you more natural energy that coffee could never give you.
Make your coffee slightly less strong. If you’re always making roughneck coffee, you’re going to get a huge caffeine buzz. Toning it down just a bit allows you to drink cup after cup without really noticing a flavor difference and you won’t get so many coffee jitters out of it.
Avoid over-sweetening your coffee. If you can, go with just a creamer or milk, sans sugar. Way sugary sweeteners just add to that false energy and hydration-sucking jittery effect coffee has. You can try honey as a sweetener, which is natural and tastes great, to help lessen the jittery effects of too much coffee.
Have a time limit for your coffee indulgence. I don’t drink coffee after 9 AM, so I can give my body time to let the coffee go through my system. Drinking coffee all day long keeps that surge of caffeine going, so it ups your chances of becoming jittery with caffeine overload. Try to limit the times you drink coffee to stay more balanced during the day.
Great tips to battle the coffee jitters!