This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Give Up Coffee

Headaches, brain fog, cravings… I'm all too familiar with the side effects of caffeine withdrawal, but that doesn't make cutting back on coffee any easier.

We know that in small amounts, coffee can actually be quite good for you: It's full of antioxidants, can help balance out different mental health conditions, and can actually even help us live longer. But when we're inhaling cold brew in large amounts on a regular basis—ahem, guilty—those health benefits become clouded by poor sleep hygiene, heightened anxiety, and sugar cravings, among other not-so-ideal symptoms.

The issue, I've found, is that there really isn't a "convenient" time to quit. During the perpetually busy workweek, I need to be "on" at all times. Crushing brain fog doesn't exactly bode well for a writer on a deadline, and who wants to be cranky and tired on the weekend?

With all this in mind, our recommended approach is twofold: Phase out slowly rather than quit cold turkey, and know how to combat withdrawal symptoms when they inevitably arise. Find out how below.