This World of Ours is Chaotic
It is no secret that the world we live in is getting faster paced, more chaotic, stressful and anxiety ridden. So many people are concerned about what they are going to do throughout the day and stress the whole day through.
They are concerned that if they are not constantly on the go, then that somehow means they are not being productive and that their day is being wasted. I have seen this first hand. My amazing wife has the hardest time just sitting down and relaxing.
Granted, she is working on slowing things down and learning to enjoy the down time she gets without feeling guilty about it. I know that she is not alone. There are millions of people that feel the same way she does. The sad thing is that this type of lifestyle is literally killing us.
Stress is Literally Killing Us
One of the worst things that we do to our bodies and minds is to put stress upon it. Stress literally ages us, makes us sick and causes us to be miserable. My old English teacher in high school loved to say that stress is like a rocking chair. It is something to do, but will get you nowhere.
The problem is that no one is immune to stress. It is near impossible to eliminate it altogether as well. The only thing that we realistically can do, is learn how to manage it.
There are a lot of techniques that you can to do help manage your stress, in fact, there is one website that I love that has helped me a lot with this. It is called The Balanced Elephant, check it out.
One of my favorite things to do to manage my stress or to even unwind and prepare myself for bed, is to have a cup of hot tea. Not only is there scientific evidence to show that certain teas contain properties to reduce stress and anxiety, but it is something that I found truly works for me via personal experience.
I have almost trained my mind and body to know that when I get into bed with my tea, that it is time to relax and let the day go. What's funny, is I always picture this old dude wearing a long white night gown, slowly climbing into bed and enjoying his tea.
I, however, am a 6'3", 225 pound former Soldier and body guard. I don't fit my own stereotype. Just a little fun bit of information for you...you're welcome.
The Tea's That Help
The first on our list is peppermint tea.
Peppermint tea works on two fronts, the first is the aroma. It has been shown that the smell of it alone can induce a relaxed, calm sensation. Second is that it contains menthol. The menthol in peppermint tea is actually a natural muscle relaxer and in some studies has been shown to actually prolong the amount of time you're able to sleep.
The next on our list is chamomile tea.
Chamomile is a favorite for many wanting to relax. That is because it has two main benefits. First chamomile can help reduce your stress and anxiety.
Secondly, it also helps treat insomnia.
The reason this happens is due to an antioxidant called apigenin. Apigenin binds itself to your brain receptors, which in turn decreases anxiety and initiates sleep.
Now for the most popular teas...green tea.
Green tea has polyphenol (why are all these names so hard to pronounce?!?!). This is a chemical that has been proven to help relieve hypertension and stress. While green tea is awesome for stress and anxiety, this is not a tea you want to drink before bed. That is because green tea has caffeine in it. Per 8 oz cup, it has about 32 mg of caffeine, which is about 1/3 as much as a cup of coffee.
The last on our list is the delicate lavender white tea.
Lavender has long been known to have an amazing aroma that helps soothe and calm peoples' nerves. Many people have and do put lavender on their pillows at night to help them sleep.
Lavender has an abundance of zinc and potassium that work together to fight insomnia. On top of that, lavender white tea has the added benefit of being a natural sedative that helps put you to sleep.
Now that we have gone over which teas are the best to help you not go crazy, check out all the flavors that Vyan Tea Company has to offer to find your favorites.