WHY DO I ALWAYS HAVE A MORNING COFFEE?

25/03/2015


I don't know if I am the only person who always grabs a coffee as soon as I wake up in the morning? It is something I have done now for a few years and I have never actually thought about why, or possibly the psychology behind the reason that I never forget to have a coffee. Personally, these kinds of ideas really interest me. Things like - why and how do we associate negative moments in our lives with situations, and why do they make us feel anxious, even when the situation happened years ago? I could spend so many hours researching about so many crazy and mind-blowing theories and ideas that I would just get stuck in a world of over complicated websites, hopelessly wishing that I understood all of the sophisticated wording.

We live in a world where we are all controlled by one part of our body. Isn't that just crazy? Our brain, just that one thing, controls everything we do, everything we see, smell, taste, hear, it all happens because of our brain. I find this so fascinating. Although all of the parts of our body are vital for different things, the brain is vital to life. The slightest damage causes us to not function properly. It's almost like we are machines. But, we cannot always be fixed. But of course, we are a lot more than that. There's hundreds of chemical impulses that jolt around our body constantly. Hundreds of reactions that are constantly happening. And hundreds of tiny blood cells flowing through our bodies in the blood, fighting off diseases and carrying oxygen, while we are living completely oblivious to it all. For most of us, our brain hasn't even stopped developing yet. It is not actually fully developed until our late 40s. That just goes to show the utter complexity of our brain.

I suppose there are so many ideas around why we repeat the same things every day possibly without even knowing or realising it. I suppose they could be called habbits. Now, I am no psychologist and I have never studied psychology sadly, but I have gathered a few reasons from my research that I find quite interesting. It is said that we form a habit with a psychological pattern called a "habit loop" which has three stages. Stage one is a cue or a trigger that tells your brain to let a behavior happen. Then comes the thing that we do (the habit), followed by the 'reward' - something that your brain likes, helping it to remember the habit in the future.

So I guess this means that grabbing a coffee every morning has become a habitual behavior for me - without actually realising. That must mean that my brain likes the caffeine fix right? Not necessarily. It definitely does make us a lot more alert though. Caffeine increases levels of Dopamine in the brain which gives a feeling of happiness and liveliness. This is why many people tend to jump for a coffee in the morning - it wakes us up when we would so much rather remain in bed for the day! It's like an addiction but we just don't realise. It is actually a lot easier to get addicted to coffee than it seems. As you keep drinking coffee, you liver compensates for the extra chemicals in your diet, enabling it to metabolize the caffeine. Adjustments are also made in the brain. Ultimately, you require more caffeine every day to get to the same level of alertness. Once again, the brain is changing. It's changing at a constant every day.

So ultimately, I suppose the reason is a lot more complex than I had originally thought. Beyond the need for caffeine to wake me up, and beyond the cravings for coffee, there's actually a lot more of a reason. My brain actually expects a caffeine fix every morning as a habit. It is interesting, intriguing, and I guess okay in a way. I don't excessively drink caffeine throughout the day which could cause damage, so I am not quite in the danger zone. However, this would definitely prove to be a hard habit to break. Let's hope I don't have to do that any time soon.

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  1. I always find the reasons we do things interesting as well, I just wish I liked coffee as I'm sure that would help with the getting up process. I always make my boyfriend a coffee every morning without fail, so I guess that's habitual to him and me for making it.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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    1. They are very interesting! I am glad you enjoyed this post! Ah I love coffee, what about tea? I also love green tea. Aw that's lovely! I guess it is:)

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  2. This is an incredible post, it must have taken a lot of research I always wonder about habit, and things Ile that. its such a. Interesting topic xx
    Katie - katiehopkinson.blogspot.com

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    1. I know a lot of it from research in the past, I am always looking up bits! But thank you for the appreciation:) I am glad you enjoyed this x

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    1. Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it xx

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  4. Wow what a great post I love the research you did

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  5. This was intriguing to read, it's so interesting how our minds work!
    Dalal xx | monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree - there's so many things happening in our brains while we live! xx

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  6. What an interesting thought Chloe! :) I need a cup of tea every morning but never really stop to think about this. Both my parents HAVE to have coffee first thing in the morning every single day. It becomes part of their daily routine. I bet this affects lots of people. But no one pauses to think about the whys and hows! This was an Interesting read Hun!

    X Carina
    Running White Horses | A Travel+ Fashion Blog

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    1. I agree Carina! I find these ideas very interesting. It is definitely something that many people in this nation do without thinking about. But then again, we do go around every day oblivious to a lot of things that happen. I just love to stop and think about the reasons some times. I am glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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