It’s common knowledge that tea is good for you. Chock full of essentials necessary for your body’s health like antioxidants, polyphenols, trace minerals and vitamins; one cup of tea can pack quite a punch. They’re good for your health and regular consumption has been linked to the prevention of ailments such as Alzheimers, Cancer and heart disease. But did you know that tea can also have a significant effect on your mood?
When stress and anxiety are affecting your shut-eye, it’s often recommended to drink a cup of chamomile tea. However, the herb Valerian packs more of a punch when it comes to reducing feelings of stress and instilling a feeling of calm.
Tossing and turning in bed each night? If it’s not from stress it’s probably from you caffeine consumption. Rooibos offers the best of both worlds by providing a naturally caffeine-free alternative that boosts your energy and that also manages your stress and mood thanks to its calming properties.
Experiencing a mid-day slump? Sip on a cup of green tea to raise your energy levels without getting the jitters. The refreshing zing of Green tea will likely spark increased levels of alertness and creativity to help you get through the rest of your day. As a bonus, Green Tea is chock full of antioxidants that help boost your immune system and protect your body from free radicals. Truly this is a good body-mind tea.
Need an extra boost to push through an assignment or to just get started? Brew a cup of Yerba Mate, a tea that contains natural stimulants such as caffeine, theophylline and theobromine. It packs quite the wakeup call without leaving you bouncing off the walls that way you have enough of a boost to finish your task and do something for you thereafter.
If you’re ever gotten a massage or walked into a yoga studio, chances are you’ve encountered the soothing aroma of Lavender. Studies have suggested that just inhaling lavender slows down nervous system activity, promotion relaxation. This is especially helpful when dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia or depression. Consumption of lavender also helps with relaxing muscle tension and convulsions, a physical side effect of stress and anxiety.
Ginger tea is an easy drink to brew. Simply add slices of ginger root to boiling water and let brew for at least five minutes. For less than ten minutes of your time, you’re unleashing a slew of mood boosting benefits that include improvement in energy levels and feelings of warmth and comfort. The beneficial properties of ginger aid in the improvement of blood circulation, meaning you’re getting the nutrients and oxygen you need to every part of your body which in turn leads to a healthier, happier you.
Constant feelings of stress and anxiety can lead to a weekend immune system and overall feeling ‘under the weather’. Chai spices have been proven to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help stave off any ailments you might have.