Okay, so yesterday I did the same routine of cutting out the caffeine save for one in the morning. I did however have one glass of black ice tea with lunch which I looked up and it doesn't have as much caffeine as say a can of coke. My previous lunch go to was a second energy drink. NO MAS! I know there are no caffeine sodas out there but I'm also trying to cut out the sugar as well. I have tried sparkling sodas and while they are not my fave it is a nice option if I'm craving that bubbly sensation.
I went home and did have a small sprite because to be honest I am starting to fight those caffeine sugar headaches. I took a few pain killers but I don't want to take too much because I already take lithium which I have been told paired with pain meds can cause issues with the kidneys. I took 2 hydroxezine right away because I could already feel my nerves kind of "buzzing" if you will. I did not lounge on my bed but instead sat on the couch and played on my phone a while. I made a cup of chamomile tea with honey, like the night before and then actually took a warm bath before getting ready for bed. I listened to The Office while falling asleep and I did find myself having racing thoughts. I sat with them and practiced calm breathing and found that unlike the night before I didn't feel the warmth shooting from my chest as it was escalating into a panic attack. I did still feel anxious after about 5 minutes but I had calmed it enough to fall asleep.
Hope this helps anyone who needs some ideas! So far this is working out for me, but we'll see!