MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK: HOW TEA CAN HELP

Mental Health -Coping with Anxiety and stress

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK!

And what better way than to start our first blog post talking about this issue, we are called “Mindful” Roots Tea after all.

Many people in the world suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. I’m going to be honest with you. I am one of those people and I know many others that struggle or have struggled with this on a daily basis.

2 – 3 years ago I was at the height of my anxiety and depression and I found that the best thing to do was to speak to a professional about what was going on in my life. Analysing what has happened and what I could do about it and also coming to conclusions that somethings cannot be changed but maybe seeing things from a new perspective could help.

Don’t get me wrong I do sometimes still suffer from anxiety and it will probably never be cured but it has significantly improved since then. You need to find things that work for you, for me, it’s getting away and being surrounded by nature. Living in the present as to what’s happening at this moment, knowing what is within my control and also surrounding myself with friends and family who are supportive, not to mention having copious amounts of tea and tisanes!

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There are 3 reasons why I decided to call my business “Mindful” Roots Tea 

  1. As a way of remembering to live in the now.
  2. To be mindful of traditions and ingredients that are used in our products.
  3. It’s that calm feeling you get when you drink a cup of tea.

Let’s talk more about number 3.

A selection of green teas and black teas, that may help with anxiety and stress.

Did you know that caffeinated tea contains an amino acid called L – Theanine? It is what gives us that feeling of calm when we drink tea and there have been studies to show that it helps to relax the mind.

“L- theanine may interact with caffeine to enhance performance in terms of attention switching and the ability to ignore distraction; this is likely to be reflective of higher-level cognitive activity and may be sensitive to the detrimental effects of overstimulation.”

Source https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18254874

For those of you who do not like to drink caffeinated drinks, there are a number of herbal tea remedies to help ease these ailments.

Here are 3 you could try:

Chamomile is said to have a calming effect to help you relax an fall asleep.

Peppermint, it is said that the aroma can help to reduce frustration and anxiety.

Lavender is said to stabilize your mood and aid with anxiety.

Herbal teas, chamomile (camomile), lavender and rooibos. To help promote better sleep.

(please consult a doctor if you are unsure about using these products or are on medication)

For more on tea and mental health read our other related blog posts How to Avoid Entreprenurial Burn Out and Mental Health: Cranio & Tea

What are your best remedies for you?  Leave your comments below.

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Hello, I’m Elle a Tea Champion through the UK Tea Academy. I started Mindful Roots Tea as I have a passion for all things tea. I curate delicious, fun, all-natural tea blends that have added wellness benefits.

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