So interestingly, I create many wellbeing-focused workshops and no matter what they are about, be it sleep, stress, how food affects your mood, they all come back to the same thing. I like to call it the health cycle and I have seen how our daily habits and practices can create a good health cycle or a bad one.
Now this might make some sense but seem like a huge undertaking to move from one cycle to the other. But what if I told you that if you can successfully change even just one of these areas to be a positive, it will naturally start to impact all that follows.
When I say ‘naturally start to impact all that follows’, I should also mention the other magic ingredient is an awareness and open-mindedness to your options. The shift to a better health cycle won’t really work if you manage to have a great night sleep and feel rested and full of energy and then still allow your autopilot to kick in and have a bowl of super sugary cereal and a strong coffee because usually you need waking up. This could head you back onto the other cycle.
Its not that your decisions are right or wrong, just an awareness of your actions might change the decisions you make in a surprising way… maybe you fancy some blood-sugar balancing porridge instead!
So looking at this health cycle, the easiest habit changes to get started with are your food and drink choices as they are the things you have so much control over. At ATTIC, we obviously focus on the drinking part!
Drum roll...….. Enter the Tea Plant :)
‘REAL’ tea (the brew created from the Camellia Sinensis plant) contains a host of beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support more optimal functioning of our bodies, as well as a totally unique amino acid, l-theanine, that helps raise the serotonin and dopamine levels in the body. Research is finding that tea has convincing effects on mood-related disorders, especially anxiety. The levels of these positive nutrients are found to be higher, the better quality the tea. So for their health-giving properties, we use only WHOLE leaf, hand-picked and hand-crafted teas. These Teas also helps alkalise your body, have an adaptogenic effect (i.e.helps the body to adapt, adjust and recalibrate itself depending on the emotional and physical surroundings) and contains only a little, but very useful amount of caffeine.
Caffeine and L-theanine have opposite effects on the central nervous system. While caffeine is a well-known stimulant, theanine has a relaxing effect. But interestingly, L-theanine’s interaction with caffeine in these high quality teas, actually enhances performance and focus, while balancing the more acute effects of higher doses of caffeine; they synergise to become more than the sum of their parts. This is why tea has longed been used for the relaxed state of alertness and concentration it creates: A calm wakefulness.
Also when using whole-leaf tea, the leaves brew more slowly allowing much more of the goodness to pass into the cup. The leaves hold their flavour so are perfect to be reused throughout the day (removing consumption of any further caffeine) which allows you to use these delicious cuppas to hydrate you, but like a natural vitamin and mineral water, the quality and benefits of that hydration are enhanced by the additional contents of the tea leaves.
Research suggests it takes an average of 8 weeks before a new behaviour becomes automatic as you have to allow time to rewire the brain, this is called neuroplasticity (there is a great 2-minute youtube video by sentis if you are interested). Our experience shows, it also is the perfect amount of time to really start to see the effects of that habit change, so you don’t want to run out or forget to order your next pack! Click here to find out more about our new subscription service.
As the tea plant wisely suggests 'all that you consume is what you are, choose wisely' :)