Mental health has been a raging topic since the abrupt shift during quarantine. People were forced to sit in their houses and deal with the levels of trauma stemming from childhood memories. Families were uprooted from their normalities because of death of loved ones, shifted house structures, and financial mislaying. Quarantine forced us to find ways to fill these emotionally draining pits with something more fulfilling and joyous. These reawakening actions also spread into our dietary changes. This catastrophic health crisis enforced a complete 180 in the way we view our daily consumption. One of the items that most of us use for stimulation are caffeine based products.
Caffeine can be regarded as to increase energy and fuel daily behavior for activities. It increases alertness, attention, and cognitive function by elevating your mood. Studies suggests that it may be effective for some patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Intake of 6 cups a day has been associated with less depressive symptoms, fewer cognitive failures, and lower risk of suicide. This is not to say a cup of coffee would prevent depression, but people who suffer from depression are unable to perform daily tasks. In this way, this is where the benefits of caffeine aid in that mental stimulation. It should always be cautioned that leaning on one supplement for mental balance can create a pocket for addiction.
Depression plagues people in different ways, and there is no one way to deal with it. That also serves as the brighter side; knowing that there are options to deal with pain. Continue to do your own research on ways to keep your brain cells functioning at high capacity during these intense and challenges times. Even if it’s as small as a smile in a cup :)
- “Caffeine, Mental health, and Psychiatric Disorders”, Lara R. Diogo. 2010. National Library Of Medicine. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20164571/