BWW Blog: Meditate, Don't Caffeinate by Emily Fletcher, Ziva Meditation
When was the last time you dragged yourself to an open call at 6AM without a cup of coffee in hand? What about when you've left for a friend's birthday party after the eighth show of the week, did you reach for a shot of espresso then? Of course you did! You were exhausted, and you needed a little help to show up for what's important to you. And what looks like a great option in those moments of exhaustion and desperation? A steaming cup of delicious coffee.
Did you know that caffeine doesn't really give you energy, but instead masks the brain's ability to feel tired? Now, I'm not suggesting you should quit coffee altogether, but as with all drugs, it is important to understand how they impact you in the long run.
When you meditate, you give your body rest that is 2-5x deeper than sleep. Which means you not only release stress, but you'll be more awake on the other side. Check the super short video below to learn the neuroscience behind how both affect your brain, and why I suggest you try a second sit, rather than a second cup, to power through the afternoon slump.
Check out the video below!