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Coffee?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Discussion' started by ds112358, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. ds112358

    ds112358 Fapstronaut

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    I'm a 19 year old guy and I have given up porn and artificial arousal for life.

    I'm on day 24, and I have started having mood swings. This is probably a mini flatline. In the mornings, on some days, I have very little drive. I feel I'd rather stay in my room watching TV rather than go out to meet my friends. But coffee really gets me going. This morning, I felt like a zombie, but after a cup of coffee, it turned out to be a great day with a lot of social interaction.

    The problem is, I was never a regular coffee drinker. I barely drank coffee, and when I did, it was only in a social situation. Now I've had coffee in 5 out of the last 6 days. I don't want to become dependent. My mother has problems with coffee. She drinks around 6 cups a day, and can go crazy if she doesn't. I really don't want to become like that. But it really helps with the mood swings and the depression.

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. MelancholyWeightlifter

    MelancholyWeightlifter Distinguished Fapstronaut

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    Just limit yourself. Wait a little while after waking up before drinking it. Limit to maybe 1 or 2 a day.
     
  3. beauty

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    I have a cup of coffee once a day early in the morning. I use coffee to get my mind turning before I get to my lectures at the university. Otherwise, like you said, I feel like a zombie.

    You can also think about tolerance breaks.
     
  4. Vision

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    One way: feel like zombie for a few days, settle for regular lifestyle, exercise, meditate, and then it will improve.
    Another way: drink regularly one or maximum two cups of coffee.

    Coffee is dangerous for it helps temporarily but than takes back everything with heavy interest.
     
  5. Rewired

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    You might want to google this, but I think caffeine releases dopamine - no wonder it's helping your depression and mood swings. I've definitely noticed feeling happier when I drink it.

    Can you go back to only drinking it socially, or perhaps switching to decaf every second day? Wean yourself off, if you're that worried. I normally switch to chai if I find myself craving coffee.
     
  6. mada989

    mada989 Fapstronaut

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    This is the best response, I recommend pushing through zombie mode for a few days because once you get through that, your energy is healthy and clean, and the best part is you have plenty of it daily, WITHOUT THE NEED OF ANYTHING! Can't beat that.
     
  7. one or 2 cups of coffee a day won't hurt, in the contries that grow coffee beens, they let the kids drink coffee.
     
  8. ds112358

    ds112358 Fapstronaut

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    Thanks for your replies :)

    After a bit of internet research, I now know that caffeine activates dopamine receptors in the brain. While this is nowhere near the same amount of stimulation as porn, dopamine is the very thing we don't want right now (at least from artificial sources). Therefore, my coffee/tea consumption from now on is going to be restricted to social situations, and maybe a very horrible day.
     
  9. HandzOff

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    AFAIK when an addict quits a given substance/behavior (PMO, for example) the brain tries to find other ways to get that dopamine kick. So there may be an element of your brain getting a kick from coffee and saying "hey, that's close enough to what I was getting before, more of that!" That said I think a cup of coffee each morning is far less destructive that however much PMO you used to do.
     

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