Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

Are you a big coffee drinker?

Do you need coffee to wake up in the morning or to function throughout the day?

It can be interesting to see how coffee and caffeine in general affect people differently, and it can actually become a topic of conversation.

People seem to have strong feelings one way or the other on coffee and caffeine, and so it can lead to important conversations and big connections.

We’re talking about coffee today, the effect it has on people, and various ways to talk about it.

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Talking About Caffeine

Is coffee a big part of your day?

How does caffeine affect you in general?

Can you go to sleep immediately after drinking coffee?

Some people can only have their coffee in the morning, and then they have to cut off.

You may be somebody who is very careful about your caffeine intake, particularly if it keeps you up or makes you feel jittery.

If you have ever had too much caffeine then you may know the negative impact it can have on you.

It may make it hard for you to fall or stay asleep at night, and you may feel as though your heart is racing during the day.

You may need more water than usual because coffee can dehydrate you.

It may be that you are somebody who is lucky enough not to have any negative side effects to drinking too much coffee, and you may drink it all day long.

We are all different when it comes to our caffeine intake, the impact it has on us, and how we handle it as a result.

One thing is for sure though, and that is that so many of us like to talk about caffeine, our like or dislike of coffee, and the impact it has upon us individually.

This is a big topic of conversation, and can actually lead to making connections too.

Some Background On Caffeine

You might not think that coffee and caffeine has that big of an impact upon our conversations and our culture, but it really does.

You will hear people talking about it, and you will also see that a lot of aspects of the culture are centered around caffeinating.

This is such a big topic of conversation that you will even find articles on it as well.

There was a rather interesting article about anxiety and caffeine, which may be something that many of us can relate to in our lives.

You will want to check out this article which is “Are Coffee And Caffeine Making Your Anxiety Worse?” by Kelsey Borresen 11/3/20 5:45am EST https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coffee-caffeine-making-anxiety-worse_l_5f9889bdc5b6c7fe5829c1a1

This article talks about how people handle coffee differently, which is really true if you think about it.

For example, one person can drink coffee at night and has no trouble sleeping.

On the other end of things some people may even be afraid of something like hot chocolate at night because it’s such a dramatic impact on sleep!

The article speaks to the tie between anxiety and caffeine, which may be something that you don’t necessarily think of.

Here’s a quote from the article worth noting: “Caffeine is also thought to trigger the release of adrenaline — the fight-or-flight hormone — which could be contributing to those feelings of anxiousness.”

If you have an anxiety disorder, you may be more affected more by caffeine.

So if you are somebody who suffers from anxiety, then the impact of caffeine may be much more extreme to you in general.

Sometimes it may be tough to know how much caffeine you are getting with various substances.

There are so many different sources of caffeine from tea to sports or energy drinks, and even in chocolate or hidden sources.

If you are worried about the levels of caffeine then you may wish to drink coffee or the same thing every day to manage this.

You have to decide if the impact of coffee is too great on you, and then determine if it’s worth it or if you limit it to a certain extent.

The article mentions the idea of keeping a diary of your feelings of anxiousness and caffeine—that way you can determine if this is a big issue for you or not.

This can be a great idea for you to see when things really bother you and if you need to make any changes.

Strangely enough this idea can carry into other areas of life, whereby you can keep track of the things that may bother you so that you can make important changes.

It can be easy to do too much of something, but we don’t always stop to recognize that at the time.

We tend to think we need more of things that we lack all the time—but sometimes we can overdo it and we need to slow down and gain perspective to realize that.

Keywords About Coffee

As there is so much talk around coffee and caffeine in general, there are some common terms that come out of this discussion.

There are actually some key words some inspired by the article, and they are helpful to know.

You may hear these used from time to time, and so they can be good terms to get to know.

You may want to think about how they impact you or if you can relate to any of these at all.

In any case, these are great terms to know so that you can use them in your conversations, as caffeine and coffee are sure to come up frequently.

  • Jittery: This means that you are nervous, moving around a lot, and not at all relaxed. It’s as if you can’t sit still because you have something causing you to almost be on alert. If you have ever experienced being jittery then you know that it’s an unusual and almost out of control feeling.
  • Nervous energy: This is sort of what you feel when you are jittery. This is like having high energy because you’re nervous. You may be talking a mile a minute, or you can’t sit still, because it’s as if you have too much energy to burn. It may even make you act unlike yourself, and it’s a weird sensation.
  • Caffeine intake: This is how much caffeine you take in or have at a time. This plays into the side effect that caffeine may have on you, and therefore it is something to look at. If you get jittery or have trouble sleeping or any of the other things, then you may wish to look at your caffeine intake to determine if you are having too much.

All of these terms are likely to come up in conversation from time to time.

If you know how to use these terms then you can have great conversations about a topic that comes up a fair amount.

Coffee and caffeine are something people tend to feel very passionately about one way or the other.

You can use these terms to be part of the conversation, and then you can express your own individual feelings.

Roleplay To Help

In this roleplay, Lindsay and Michelle are at a coffee shop.

Lindsay: “I think I’ll get a triple espresso.”

Michelle: “Really? You seem kind of jittery.”

Lindsay: “I know, it’s just that I’m exhausted. I’ve already had 3 cups today.”

Michelle: “Yeah, but you really should watch your caffeine intake.”

Lindsay: “You’re right. I do have a lot of nervous energy right now.”

Takeaway

You may have strong feelings one way or the other about coffee and caffeine, as many people do.

One thing is for sure and that is the fact that people like to talk about caffeine and the impact it has upon them.

Much of the culture is centered around coffee, and so it can be a great thing to get yourself prepared to talk about.

You can use these terms and ideas in your conversations, and it can also help you to think about your own caffeine intake and thoughts and feelings on coffee in general.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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