Giving up drinking coffee was a difficult task at the beginning because of the great number
withdrawal symptoms: I felt uncomfortable and worn out. There were many changes both in my
body and in my mind. The changes in my body included a feeling of sleepiness and tiredness. The
changes in the mind included lack of concentration and irritability as well as mood swings.
However, since I know it is possible to quit, I am going to continue until all the withdrawal
symptoms are gone and I am free from coffee addiction.
I replaced my behavior of taking coffee daily with taking tea. I thought this would enable
me to get over coffee more easily that if I had just stopped and failed to replace it with anything.
The people around me, that is, my friends and family members reacted positively to my change of
behavior; they are supporting which gives me the energy to continue until I recover completely. It
is they that suggested that I should try some alternative to coffee and helped me to choose tea as
the best alternative.
The most difficult thing about giving up this behavior is that I was used to going to the
coffee shop daily in the morning and in the evening. Therefore, even when I stopped, I would still
find myself tempted to pass through there on my way home in the evening. The other difficult
thing were the withdrawal symptoms that I was experiencing: feeling sleepy, loss of concentration,
increased appetite and irritability. What I experienced relates to class concepts in that I got to
understand that coffee addition is nurtured. It is therefore possible to reverse it since it is not
something natural. This helps me to be able to identify more examples of things that are acquired
through nurture and to understand the difference between nature and nurture.