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.