I’m excited to dive into “The Tea Box” and explore another benefit of tea that would certainly be a great help to many of us.
I’m excited to dive into “The Tea Box” and explore another benefit of tea that would certainly be a great help to many of us. Unfortunately, stress can be a common part of our lives either professionally or personally and especially in this season of covid-19. I, therefore, wanted to share 6 teas that help with stress.
Also, I wanted to go a step further and include tips for simple ways to relieve stress as well as quotes that can inspire us to manage our lives better in order to decrease stress.
I’ve structured the post so that each tea is paired with a quote and a tip to relieve stress, however, feel free to mix & match to suit your needs.
All of the stress relieving activities can be completed in 5 minutes or less and even better, some can be done while you drink your cup of tea.
Teas that Help with Stress – The List
1/ Peppermint Tea
One of my all-time favourite teas, the natural aroma of peppermint tea is associated with a reduction in anxiety and stress. The menthol in the tea can act as a natural muscle relaxant. Drinking this tea certainly promotes overall calm.
Stress Reliever Tip: Laughter
Laughter really is good medicine as it’s practically impossible to feel stressed while laughing. Laughter helps relieve tension as it causes your muscles to relax.
Here is a Youtube clip to get you started:
Don’t stress the could haves, if it should have, it would have. Anonymous
2/ Camomile Tea
Chamomile tea is one of the most well-known for assisting in relieving stress. Studies have shown that long term use of chamomile reduced symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
It’s also very popular as a beverage before bedtime as it aids in relaxation.
Stress Reliever Tip: Stretching
Stretches can be done at any time and are a must after a workout. However, a nighttime stretch routine (5-10m) can be very beneficial to relax your muscles, relieving tension and making it easier to fall asleep.
Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it. Brian Tracey
3/ Green Tea
Drinking green tea is fantastic in combatting stress and anxiety as shown in a 2016 study. In addition, polyphenol, an antioxidant found in green tea, was found to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Green tea may even play a therapeutic role in helping those suffering from PTSD.
Stress Reliever Tip: Listen to soothing music
Music definitely affects our emotions and feelings. Prioritizing relaxation and listening to soothing music is a great way to help calm yourself. Search for relaxing music playlists on Spotify or Youtube.
You can’t always control what goes on outside, but you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer
4/ Fennel Tea
Traditionally accepted as a remedy to alleviate anxiety, fennel tea can cause the body’s muscles to relax. It also can encourage quality sleep due to the presence of melatonin, a chemical that promotes good sleep. The scent of fennel tea is also pleasant.
Stress Reliever Tip: Deep Breathing
Breathing exercises are relatively simple and can aid in stress reduction as the technique can calm your body in a short time. Studies have shown that deep breathing can improve mood and relieve stress as the body’s relaxation response is triggered.
Focussing on deep breathing, allowing your lungs to expand fully, engaging your diaphragm, slows down your heart rate. This can make you feel calm and more peaceful.
Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go. God opens millions of flowers every day without forcing their buds. Osho
5/ Lavender Tea
Lavender is widely noted for its soothing properties and mood stabilizing effects. The lovely floral aroma of lavender is also associated with the effective management of anxiety and depression.
Stress Reliever Tip: Start a list and note those things for which you are grateful
Consciously focussing on the positive aspects of your life can help to relieve stress and anxiety. The positive is magnified while the negative and stressful aspects become minimized. The process of journalling and writing down your thoughts can also be helpful in managing stressful situations.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. William James
6/ Rose Tea
Rose is always talked about for its lovely scent, but it’s also a more unusual choice of tea. Drinking this flavourful tea can calm your mind and improve your mood. It’s also helpful for getting a good night’s sleep as it can assist you in unwinding if you have a cup before bedtime.
Stress Reliever Tip: Hug a friend or family member
Positive physical contact can support stress relief as it causes the release of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin seems to decrease anxiety and stress. Expressions of physical contact such as hugs can reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol for short periods is helpful allows your body to manage stressful situations. However, high levels for an extended period of time are harmful to the body.
NOTE: This post was originally written prior to covid-19 so I still wanted to share this last tip. I realise that physical contact will look a little different during this pandemic as we implement physical and social distancing. I still encourage you to make the effort to connect with family members and friends online. Having someone that you connect and share with emotionally is very helpful in relieving stress.
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. Bruce Lee
Teas that Help with Stress – Next Steps
So what 1 thing will you do to help minimize stress in your life?
I’d encourage you to get started by doing any of the following:
- Try 1 of the 6 teas that help relieve stress and see how it works for you
- Choose a couple of the stress-relieving tips above and add to your daily routine. Even though these tips are great for stress reduction, they are generally great practices to live a healthy life.
- Write out your favourite quote from above to your phone place somewhere you will see often as an encouragement to you