According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting around 40 million adults, or 18% of the population.
Anxiety often develops from a number of factors in your life, both internal and external. Your diet, sleep, job, relationships, and exercise all play a role in your ability to manage anxiety.
It’s also important to understand anxiety impacts us all differently. The triggers are different and the ways we cope differ from person to person. It’s easy to fall into the trap of self-proclaiming yourself as unhelpable or untreatable. That is not the case!
You can improve and you can get better. It will take focus and time, but you can take control of your life to get the relationship, career, and health you deserve. Here’s the kicker - you have to work at it. If the perfect solutions magically showed up, one in five of us wouldn’t be struggling with anxiety.
While there may not be a magic wand we can wave to make the anxiety go away, you can greatly improve your state with healthy habits to fight anxiety. One great place to start is drinking tea daily.
The act of drinking tea in itself is a calming ritual. Close your eyes and picture yourself wrapping both hands around a warm mug and taking a small sip of herbal tea. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
You have probably already consumed some form of green tea in your life. It is one of the most popular teas, originating in China but it has gained popularity all over Asia and in the United States. Green Tea is an un-oxidized tea made from green leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant, which produces a green-tinged color when brewed. It is packed with antioxidants and offers unique properties that can benefit health in many ways, including anxiety reduction.
You may not know that is packed with L-theanine, a calming amino acid that lowers anxiety and increases relaxation. It has been shown that theanine not only provides the unique flavor to green tea but it also provides a relaxing effect on humans.
L-theanine from green tea may also help you handle stressful situations better. One study showed a reduction in Tension-Anxiety scores when performing certain tasks after consuming an L-theanine supplement.
Just remember that green tea naturally contains caffeine, so this is a tea you’ll want to enjoy earlier in the day if you are sensitive to caffeine.
Dried chamomile flowers are used to make Chamomile tea. It’s known for its calming and soothing effects and can also improve quality of sleep. It is naturally caffeine-free and has a delicate and soothing aroma and flavor.
Studies have shown improvement in getting to sleep and better sleep quality for those who have struggled with insomnia. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic (can relieve spasms) properties. It is the perfect tea to enjoy before bed or when you have a moment to unwind.
Tap into thousands of years of wisdom with ashwagandha tea. This herb, popular in Ayurvedic medicine has been used for over 3,000 years to promote sleep, treat anxiety, and more. Though ashwagandha is often consumed in a capsule in high doses, it can also be prepared as a tea to steep all the ashwagandha benefits.
Most ashwagandha teas are made from ground root powder, though some mix in the leaves as well. It’s important to understand which part of the plant is used in the tea you’re drinking since they lead to different effects on the body. The tea has an earthy, rich flavor, which many enjoy. If the flavor is not your style, trying mixing with another herbal tea you enjoy.
Every action we take and thought we have throughout the day has an impact on our mental wellness. You’ll be surprised how adding a habit of drinking a cup a tea a day can impact your life over time. Try fitting this into your daily routine to see if it works for you. Already drinking tea? Try an alternative or try adding a different caffeine-free version at night.