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tea chocolate and charms- teas that help with stress

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 so I 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

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

teas that help with stress- green tea in a teacup

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

teas that help stress- journal and pen

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 loved one

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.

It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. Bruce Lee

 

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:

  1. Try 1 of the 6 teas that help relieve stress and see how it works for you
  2.  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.
  3. Write out your favourite quote from above to your phone place somewhere you will see often as an encouragement to you

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Post Author: Tamika G

32 Replies to “6 Teas that Help with Stress [with Bonus Tips]”

  1. Excellent post! I usually start my day off with a hot cup of Green Tea first thing in the morning (whether work day or the weekend), primarily for it’s health benefits and antioxidants. But I was unaware of the stress relieving benefits. I may even add some soothing music to it as well, now that I read this 🙂

    1. Hi Isaiah, thank you for your comment. That’s great to hear that you are already a daily drinker of green tea each morning 🙂 That’s so good for your health with all the benefits that you gain. Yes, tuning out the world and listening to some soothing music could be a great addition to get you ready for your day in a great frame of mind.

  2. This is fabulous! I use peppermint and green tea to relax as well. Have you ever tried white teas? They offer even less caffeine than green, and they pair well with botanical and fruity flavors. I haven’t tried fennel tea, but I’ve read about it, and I’m going to give it a go. Thank you for the recommendation! Tea definitely does help one focus, relax, and reset the day!

    1. Hi Hilary, thanks for your comment. Peppermint and green tea are two of my default teas too. Yes, I’ve tried white tea but not recently, you’ve encouraged me to look into it again as I remember that I quite enjoyed it before. I had fennel tea that was mixed with some other flavours and it was good. I want to try it on its own though. It would be great if you can let me know what you think of it.

  3. My goodness this is such an on-time post! Will definitely put them into practice. Thank you for sharing Tamika….

      1. I just had a cup of my Thailand Green and then I saw your post. Haha… It’s absolutely a delight to see my two all time favorite in the lists. Peppermint and Green Tea! The health benefits of this wonder are pretty amazing! I don’t drink coffee. Im for tea all the way. ?

        1. Hi Wil, haha great timing! Peppermint and green tea are also two of my favourites as well. Always great to meet another tea lover so thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  4. Hi Tamika,
    Thank you for this amazing and very important post. I love that you provided the kind of tea, TIPS and quote to help with the stress. I don’t know much about tea, because I don’t consume tea. But, I have tried some of the tips that you gave and it helped, especially laughter. Again, Thank you so much for the post

    1. Hi Rachel, thank you for your comment. I love that even as a non-tea drinker, you still gained something as that was my aim. I hope you make some of the tips a regular part of your life.

  5. Hi Tamika

    I am an avid tea drinker. I will add these teas to my collection.
    What tea contains Magnesium? I have heard that Magnesium is also good for relaxing muscles.
    Regards
    Aaron

    1. Hi Aaron, thanks for your comment and great to hear that you will add these teas to your collection. Rooibos tea contains magnesium, I like that tea as well although I don’t have it very often.

    2. Hi Tamika, I really enjoyed reading this article! I loved the stress reliever ideas, and the list of teas are things I can recommend to the clients I see to help with their relaxation. And the quotes were a nice touch to =)

  6. I want to try everything in this post! I have a lot of stress in my life and always trying to find ways to de-stress. These are wonderful! I love tea and I want to write down every quote on here. I love the tips too. I want to bookmark this so I can come back to it. Thank you!!

    1. Hi April, thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad this post has been helpful for you. Please feel free to bookmark for future reference. There may be a few additions when next you return 🙂

  7. Hi!
    You have a great sense of what soothes the soul! And, by the way, I love DryBar Comedy! Seriously, some of my favorite material. I was intrigued by the chamomile tea. I’ve had it a couple of times, and I really felt good after. And you mentioning deep breathing exercises is always a plus. I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into this. Thank you!

    1. Hi Bobby, thank you for your comment and kind words. Yes, I love DryBar Comedy, I watch one practically everyday, it’s really good and very funny. Yes, chamomile tea is great, especially before bedtime. I’ve used it for jetlag and found it really helpful. Deep breathing is also good, it’s so simple though it’s often overlooked. I hope you can integrate one thing I mentioned in your routine 🙂

  8. Awesome post Tamika! As a tea nut for some time now, I have tried all of these either separately or together and can confirm that they work to battle stress. My personal favorites are chamomile and peppermint. I have a tea right now that has both of them together with a few other things. I usually drink it before bed and then I’m out like a light. I wish more people would give tea a chance for stress relief before resorting to unhealthy habits. to reduce stress. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Dan, thanks so much for your comment. That’s great to hear your personal experience that the teas have been helpful to you in reducing stress, awesome! I’m definitely interested in hearing more about the tea you have now with peppermint and chamomile among other things, sounds really good. I totally agree with you regarding persons using unhealthy practices to relieve stress as it certainly does further damage in the long term, so definitely not ideal! Happy tea-drinking!

  9. Hi Tamika! I love this, and the timing is perfect – I need to find a way to relax and destress before bed lately. I love all the tips and quotes you’ve included, my favourite being: “the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” So very true! I’m a big believer in laughter and watch a lot of stand-up (or “Friends”). What’s your favourite way to relax? I didn’t know about rose tea, I may try that and I’ll definitely start drinking the peppermint tea. I hadn’t realised it could reduce anxiety and stress. Thanks for sharing this, it put a smile on my face, and I learned something new!

    1. Hi CJ, thanks for this comment. Thanks for sharing which quote is your favourite, that really is a game-changer if we internalize and act on it. Friends is a funny sitcom, I liked Big Bang Theory as well. Hmm, I’m not sure if I can choose a favourite but reading definitely can be relaxing and enjoyable for me as well as spending time at the beach so combining the two is always a winner!

  10. Can’t go wrong with a nice cuppa, I hate coffee but I love tea. I’ve never really got into different flavors of tea even though I know they can be good for me, the closest I’ve tried is Roobos. My dad drinks green tea and he says it helps him relax, maybe I’ll try some of that from his stash, work can be stressful at times. Also Fennel tea sounds helpful for the occasional anxiety. Informative post, great job!

    1. Hi Scott, thank you for your comment and your kind words. You have a whole new tea world in front of you waiting for you to discover 🙂 That’s good to hear your dad say that green tea helps him to relax, I find the same thing. Just the act of drinking tea automatically makes me slow down as it’s hard to rush hot tea. I really hope you step out and try another flavour of tea.

  11. What an interesting article!
    I discovered a lot of new types of tea that I didn’t know before. Green tea is my favorite tea and I drink it every morning. And it helps me start my day with ENTHUSIASM. But what I would like to know about Fennel Tea, since it helps you sleep, at what time of day is recommended for this type of tea? Morning or evening?
    Thank you very much for this awesome post!

    Sebastian

    1. Hi Sebastian, thank you for your comment. Yes, green tea is a favourite of mine as well. For fennel tea, in terms of the best time to drink this one, I’d say it depends on your schedule in terms of what time of day or night this will be. However, if you drink it a little while before you go to bed (whatever time that is) it should help you to sleep. With most people working during the day and sleeping at night, then it probably will be drunk at night but those who work during the night may choose to drink it in the morning.

  12. I had no idea that teas can have such tremendous benefits on your mind and body. I’m not the biggest tea drinker but the Fennel tea sounds delicious, I’ll give it a try 🙂

  13. Hey this was a super helpful article. I had no idea that tea can go a long way for your psychological health. I might have to start drinking more tea. Especially because we live in a stressful world.

    1. Hi Jovan, thank you for your comment. I’m glad to hear that gained more knowledge about tea through reading this post. I hope it encourages you to get out a mug and drink some tea!

  14. Hi Tamika! I’m a huge tea lover and you will find me drinking many different types of tea throughout the day. I mostly drink green tea for slimming reasons, but I had no idea it can help with stress too. Also, I want to try peppermint tea. I don’t have it in my collection of teas right now, but I will definitely add it because I also love the taste of it. I didn’t know it can help with anxiety so this is a huge bonus! One tea I know that helps with stress and sleep is also Valerian. Have you ever tried it?
    Thank you for this post, can’t wait to read more!

    1. Hi Kate, green tea is one of my current default teas and peppermint tea as well. I don’t know Valerian, I’ll have to check it out, thanks for mentioning this one. Take care!

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