One thing I teach my students about when working with people in coaching or personal training is that a number of people are less healthy than they think. The reason for this, is that we can easily use drugs to essentially prop up our performance when we would suck it up otherwise. Easy examples of this are people taking blood pressure medication so when you take their blood pressure they are normal, but this is hiding the fact that their default is unhealthy (high blood pressure). The same can be said about cholesterol medication, we are essentially hiding the original problem not fixing the root cause. The kids are usually on board at this point, so then I switch my sights and talk about the abuse of amphetamines (typically caffeine) and depressants (typically alcohol) for their personal use to get through their day and schedules.
How many times has someone told you that they “get enough sleep” while drinking a huge cup of coffee and if you even make a comment about stopping their coffee intake they clutch it to their chest and look at you like you just tried to steal their baby? The caffeine is filling in for the sleep they don’t get. Notice cats, dogs, and nearly every other animal you meet doesn’t delay sleep when they are tired and doesn’t have to have a pot of coffee to just get moving in the morning or be able to tolerate other human beings.
The same can be said when we look at people who need to drink in order to fall asleep. They have to have their wine, cocktail, or beer each night in order to relax. This is a crutch to avoid doing the hard work of learning how to relax.
Now this is not meant to be a character judgement, but instead help folks be mindful about their own reality and try to make small changes so they can cut back on their daily use. The strategies we develop and employ each day are there because they serve us a purpose in the context of how we currently live. I simply want people (and myself) to start asking the question of: “How can I improve my life so I don’t need these substances?”
The occasional cup of coffee to make you feel more amped up and ready is great, but when we create a reliance on it, when we need a cup just to get to “normal” it is time to take a hard look. The same can be said of drinking. I hope you got something out of reading this post and thanks as always for taking the time to read it. Have a great day and if you have any questions please leave a comment.