I’ve started this regimen almost three years ago to be the healthiest and best version of myself.
I’m sure we all have tried all sorts of ways to lead healthier and more productive lives. Incorporating teas into one’s diet is essential — especially if you are anxiety prone and in need of down time.
Realistically, the stress of school, work, and even minute things such as waiting in line, traffic, etc, all take a toll on our minds and bodies. Drinking tea heals both.
It is a more holistic approach to helping with racing thoughts, anxiety, and depression. Consuming brewed tea is cheaper than therapy and pharmaceutical over the counter medication.
That said, not all teas are created equal. Green, black and white teas contain some level of caffeine.
People who are sensitive to stimulants should be mindful of the caffeine. According to a source that sells organic teas, black tea contains the highest amount of caffeine followed by green, and then white tea.
Consuming caffeine if you have anxiety can actually exacerbate your symptoms—take it from someone who knows.
Despite caffeine levels in tea being nowhere near as much as much as coffee, they should still be taken into consideration.
Although I drink organic teas regularly, what I gained clarity on in my journey of consuming different types of teas along the way are that the ones that helped me most with my racing thoughts and anxiety were green tea, chamomile, and happy tea.
The latter being apart of Your Tea which was giftt from my brother. Yourtea intrigued me due to their unique ingredients derived straight from the Fujian Province in China, used to create modern tea blends using traditional Chinese Medicine principles.
They started gaining popularity through social media–particularly instagram in 2013. Happy tea contains chrysanthemum which is an anti-inflammatory that reduces skin conditions such as acne and boils.
Hawthorne fruit is also included which improves cardiovascular health. These vibrant ingredients did make me a bit happy while consuming them.
Green tea was a must for me during times of much needed concentration and focus; it also helped to boost my mood and helped to calm my nerves if I was working on an assignment or paper (we have so many of those!).
Green tea has a high antioxidant content and contains L- theanine. L-theanine promotes alpha waves in the brain linked to relaxation.
Finally, chamomile was my favorite brewed tea to use in treating my racing thoughts and anxiety. Chamomile is an herbal tea and contains no caffeine.
It is best consumed around nighttime to promote relaxation and restful sleep. Even after one cup of consuming the tea, I felt relaxed—the benefits overall of consuming chamomile is remarkable.
Chamomile is a mild sedative and harbors the ability to relieve insomnia, is a nerve relaxant, and eases muscle tension. It also boosts the immune system , contains anti-inflammatory agents, and contains antioxidants. So much goodness packed into one tea!
All three of these teas, which I try to consume regularly and at different times, shed light on my perception of health and the natural processes of your body and the way that it can heal itself.
I found that I was calmer, able to focus more easily, and was able to slow down at my leisure without worrying so much about to do lists and to actually do what was required. I also found that I was able to eat more consciously and resisted eating more than satisfied.
We live in a world filled with mental stimulants — its no wonder why anxiety is one of the most common illnesses in the U.S.
We also live in a country where fast and processed food is prominent. It’s important we stay awake into these issues and contribute to creating a socially responsible and conscious world starting with ourselves and then extending out to others.
There is no magic pill or aid to cure anxiety or depression or almost any ailments, however there are foods and ingredients that can aid in promoting the body’s natural healing processes and rhythms. That is why it is so important to love your body and your mind and to take care of it regularly.
I recommend drinking these teas for anxiety and a racing mind as opposed to using sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medication.
This isn’t a quick fix for anxiety or depression but it can definitely help to temporarily relieve the symptoms and going the natural route is better than consuming ingredients that have unpronounceable ingredients.
I would also recommend buying organic and from companies that support their farmers and their environment. Enjoy your tea and stay calm, sustainable, healthy, and happy!