For any coffee drinker out there, having a real coffee is just a part of life. And living in Melbourne, good coffee is an expectation. We know our coffee, and we are spoilt for choice. We know exactly where to go to get the best of the best. And we don’t mind queuing for it either when it’s that good.
I so need a real coffee right now …
As I’ve discovered, when you don’t have access to a proper espresso coffee your brain starts to do funny things. Like constantly thinking about coffee.
I’m on holidays at the moment, at one of my favourite places. However, this favourite place does not sell real coffee. I am on day 3 of instant coffee. This is not good!
It got me really thinking about coffee and made me realise that much of my life is centred around coffee. Why is coffee so good?
Apart from how delicious it is, there are a number of things:
Coffee really does help me to wake up and get me ready for the day. I don’t start the day right without a proper coffee. I may as well not even try really … I sometimes think I may be in a coma if it weren’t for coffee. Whilst I have been coping with instant coffee it just isn’t the same.
Coffee is a part of my routine. Coffee is the thing that signals to my brain that it is the start of a new working day. It psychologically switches me in to ‘work mode’.
Coffee can be a social activity. Coffee can be the reason that I get to interact with people throughout the working day. When you are working from home, if you don’t have client contact you may find yourself feeling isolated at times. The process of going to your favourite coffee shop can provide comfort and the social interaction you might be craving. Coffee shops can also be great places to get some work done, provided they have Wifi. I personally love working out of coffee shops every now and then, provided they aren’t crowded and the atmosphere is right for you. For me, this is one of the advantages of working from home.
What does science say about the health benefits of coffee drinking?
Scientific research now suggests that coffee is GOOD for your health. For some time it was believed that coffee carried with it dangers such as raising your blood pressure, impairing your sleep, making your heart race, and possibly even causing cancer.
Scientific research is saying that coffee can reduce your risk of:
- cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)
- type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers and dementia
- uterine and liver cancer
Coffee contains antioxidants, they are nature’s disease fighters. Coffee is also rich in vitamins and minerals (vitamin B2 and B5, potassium, manganese, niacin and thiamine).
Studies also suggest that coffee can play a role in fighting depression, by reducing your chances of becoming depressed by up to 10%. Interestingly, other caffeinated drinks don’t have the same effect, leaving scientists to speculate that it is the antioxidants found in coffee that may be responsible for this.
So go and grab yourself a coffee and enjoy the rest of your day!
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What are some of the things that you do to remain connected when you work from home? Leave me a comment and tell me about the things that help you get through the day.