Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. That seems to be my life currently. I have to schedule time to work on Tea&Me, time to hang out with friends and family, and time to do simple chores like cleaning up around the house. I have noticed lately that I seem to have less and less time for myself. Time that I really need to de-stress and take care of myself and my needs. So, this blog post will touch on how the self-care ritual of drinking tea daily can help with stress and the importance of taking time for yourself.
This post comes inspired by Lori Rosen from L.Rosen Designs. She recognizes the importance of taking time for yourself and the role that tea can take in helping you relax. So, she decided to do something about it. She has designed a mug specifically for my followers. With the phrase “Tea O’Clock”, the mug perfectly ties into the theme of taking time to drink tea and mentally relax. If you would like your very own “Tea O’Clock” Mug, you can click on the picture to the right or click here! I am very grateful to Lori for this mug and the opportunity to collaborate with her. Now, on with the post!!
I have touched before on the benefits of drinking tea but I want to focus on the stress relieving part that tea provides. In my previous article, The Tea about Drinking Tea, I wrote:
Black tea can actually help level the hormones which make you feel more stressed. Cortisol is one of the main hormones. Studies show that in high-stress situations those who drank black tea recently had lower cortisol levels! Akin to black tea, green tea helps with anxiety and stress by increasing the dopamine levels in the brain as well as showing decreases in blood pressure. But not only does green tea relax you, but it also has slight caffeine in it so you can relax without being drowsy!
So, there are definite, scientifically-proven stress-reducing benefits to drinking black and green tea. I personally love it when I take time to measure out the tea leaves, boil the water (or whatever temperature I need), and then brew a cup. There is a difference between drinking tea for caffeine in the morning (I am guilty of this) and then sitting down to drink tea and being able to focus on the flavor and how the tea is making me feel. Sometimes, taking this time to relax is all I need to start feeling myself after a long day.
But you might be thinking…I cannot drink black or green tea before bed. The caffeine would definitely keep me up. So, we can look towards herbal teas! There are many different non-caffeinated teas which can also help you relax after a long day and they can help you sleep as well!
Chamomile tea is a great night-time tea. Chamomile has the same components that bind to receptors in the brain much like a sedative would. That is why it is so popular before bed or when you need to unwind. Another tea that can help before bedtime is a blend of valerian root, lemon balm tea, and chamomile. This combination is so strong, you are advised against using any normally prescribed sedatives with this tea combination. The last herbal tea I want to talk about is peppermint tea. Peppermint helps settle not only your stomach but muscles in general! This makes it the perfect drink to have to relax your muscles if you get super tense (my shoulders get super tense and it does help).
My Relaxation Schedule:
I really struggle with relaxing, once I get stressed I cannot seem to shake it off. When this happens, a nice pot of loose leaf tea is all I need to start getting my night back on track. The right kind of cup can really help put my mind at ease and make me feel lighter. From there, I could do a face mask, watch tv, maybe write a bit for the blog… as long as I can take my mind off my stress or any deadlines. Sometimes, it is putting on a face mask and having a silly photoshoot with my best friend.
Honestly, drinking a cup of tea and working on this blog is one of my favorite things to do. Researching tea while drinking tea is a great way to truly focus on the flavors and not be distracted. What better way for me to write down the flavors of the tea than when I am experiencing them? As I am writing this, I am extremely stressed. My remedy? Tea.
What do you guys do to relax? Do you have a designated “Tea O’Clock”? Let me know in the comments! Happy Brewing and Relaxing!