If you are in the midst of moving during the Thanksgiving holiday, I’d say a good cup of tea is just the thing to help alleviate your stress. Of course, you will need to use the right tea. Historically, various teas have been recommended as an anecdote for anxiety. However, this fact has now actually been scientifically proven.
Preparation of Your Tea is Part of the Cure
The calming effect of the ritual that goes into the preparation of the tea is a contributing factor to lowering one’s stress. Thus, the of boiling the water, the adding of the honey or sugar and the process of dunking one’s tea bag into a favorite cup in anticipation of sitting down and sipping the beverage, signals your brain that you are going to enter into a calming break from your activities. Tea drinking should never be done on the run, but should be at a designated time for rest and the calming of your mind and body.
Which Teas Should I Choose to Reduce Stress?
While there are many kinds of teas available on our store shelves today, not all are helpful in lowering one’s stress level. A tea that is high in caffeine will actually counteract the pursuit of freeing yourself from anxiety. So, be sure to read the caffeine contents on the box prior to purchase.
Historically, those native to Europe and Asia have lauded the health benefits of the peppermint herb for thousands of years. Researchers have found that the aromatic properties of peppermint can reduce frustration and anxiety. In addition, peppermint has also been associated with giving one a greater level of alertness, thus helping one to combat fatigue. Further, hospitals have used peppermint oil to calm those who have suffered from a heart attack or who are in the midst of childbirth; both highly stressful situations. That’s a pretty good recommendation to me.
Chamomile is one of the most ancient healing herbs known to man. A 2016 study showed that chamomile tea is effective in reducing moderate to severe generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is one of the most common anxiety disorders encountered by primary care physicians. Scientifically, chamomile tea naturally increases serotonin and melatonin levels in your body. Serotonin is the key hormone in your body that stabilizes your mood and sense of well-being. Melatonin is the hormone that helps one to rest properly. With that recommendation, you should definitely try chamomile tea to help you calm down.
Green tea is a great beverage to improve your mood. With its high content of theanine, an amino acid, it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress by helping to reduce blood pressure and to relax muscle tension. It is also a good source of antioxidants as well as vitamins.
Turmeric has mostly been associated with a cooking herb in modern times. But we can’t forget its medicinal qualities as well. Turmeric has curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound associated with lowering anxiety and depression. This occurs because turmeric boosts the body’s serotonin and dopamine levels.
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation.” ~Lin Yutang
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