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A Coffee Enthusiast’s Guide to Mastering Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness has become recognized for their positive effects on mental health. One simple daily ritual that has gained recognition for its potential benefits is none other than our beloved beverage—coffee. 

The intersection of coffee with routines, mindfulness, social connections and the physiological benefits towards better mental health are explored.

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Routine

Establishing a daily routine can provide structure and stability to our lives. This leads to improved mental health. Incorporating coffee into our routine adds an additional element of comfort and benefits that support our well-being. 

The act of brewing and enjoying a cup of coffee at a specific time of the day becomes an anchor point. This signals the beginning of a new day or even provides a brief respite during a busy afternoon. The mere act of preparing and enjoying coffee can create a sense of anticipation, comfort, and familiarity

Research suggests that engaging in regular routines can reduce stress levels and promote a greater sense of control and stability, ultimately enhancing our mental well-being. Additional stress can put you at higher risk for heart disease and negatively impact your overall health. 

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the current moment, without judgment. It encourages an awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. 

Additional studies suggest that mindfulness reduces rumination. This concept can become present in situations ranging from highly stressful work environments to someone simply having a bad morning. Feeling rumination can connect with the purpose of “coffee breaks”, allowing yourself to step away from work, socialize, and sip a hot caffeinated beverage. 

By connecting mindfulness into your coffee experience, individuals can elevate their overall mental-well being. Moreover, you can foster and promote a calming and relaxing environment.

Social Connection

Coffee has also been associated with social gatherings and connections built with others. Whether it’s grabbing a coffee with a group of friends or taking a coffee break with a work colleague, incorporating coffee into our routines offers opportunities to engage in conversations and foster relationships. 

These connections and moments of social support are essential for maintaining good health because contribute to a sense of well-being and improve mental health. In doing so, friends may reconnect or company bonds can form, creating a sense of excitement and connection within the work environment. 

Physiological Factors

Caffeine is commonly used to increase productivity and help you focus. 

It has also been associated with improved cognitive function, including enhanced memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. These effects can positively impact mental health by promoting better cognitive performance and productivity. 

Caffeine has been known to have mood-enhancing properties by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. This can contribute to feelings of well-being and happiness and decrease your feelings of anxiety. 

Coffee also has the ability to protect the heart, lower the risk of cancer, lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. It was found to also protect against Parkinson’s disease, and protect against cirrhosis of the liver.

Coffee consumption has been linked to potentially elevating mood, while also reducing symptoms of poor physical and mental health. Incorporating coffee mindfully and integrating it into our daily routines can be a delightful and beneficial addition to our mental health practices. 

By combining the physiological experience of coffee with mindfulness and establishing a comforting routine, we create opportunities for relaxation, introspection, and social connection. Scientific research further supports the positive impact of coffee on mood enhancement, cognitive function, and potentially reducing the risk of certain mental disorders. 

So, the next time you enjoy your cup of Saltwinds coffee, savour the moment mindfully, and embrace the mental health benefits it brings.

References

Bolton, S., & Null, G. (1981). Caffeine: Psychological effects, use and abuse. Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, 10(3), 202–211. 

Davis, D. M., & Hayes, J. A. (2011). What are the benefits of mindfulness? A practice review of psychotherapy-related research. Psychotherapy (Chicago, Ill.), 48(2), 198–208. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0022062 

Health Benefits of Having a Routine Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle. (December 2022), Northwestern Medicine. Retrieved July 22, 2023, from https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine#:~:text=An%20effective%20routine%20can%20help,emotional%20well%2Dbeing%20and%20energy. 

Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology review, 31(6), 1041–1056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.006 

Sweeney, P., Levack, R., Watters, J., Xu, Z., & Yang, Y. (2016). Caffeine increases food intake while reducing anxiety-related behaviors. Appetite, 101, 171–177. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.03.013 

Watters, J., Sweeney, P., Yang, Y., (n.d.) Anxious? Drink coffee and focus on something. Anxiety.org. https://www.anxiety.org/coffee-and-caffeine-may-actually-help-decrease-anxiety#:~:text=The%20caffeine%20in%20coffee%20can,exam%20or%20performance%20at%20work. 

Want to Boost Your Mood? Science Says Drink Coffee!. (n.d.), Coffee Mill. Retrieved July 22, 2023, from https://coffee-mill.com/coffee-and-mood/

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