My life without coffee (and all other forms of caffiene including chocolate) is markedly better.
I’m not saying this will be the case for anyone, but if you have any form of autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety or other mental health issues I recommend you try going without it.
I started just reducing my intake by having days off and being mindful of how I felt, then when I realised that it was skyrocketing my anxiety and that I actually fell straight asleep without it, I went cold turkey and don’t miss it. I miss the ritual, but I have just replaced it by eating a big steak in the morning!
Caffiene is a highly addictive drug. I found it much harder to quit than nicotine, partially because of how normalised it is. But once you’re off it you start to see how dependent everyone is, how much of their waking thoughts it takes up, and how odd it is that we’ve normalised not being able to start the day without our fix of the dark stuff.
If you want to take it as a recreational drug, go for it. But I wish society would stop normalising taking something every day that interrupts our natural sleep cycle and HPA axis function.