Tea as self-care
Much of the research into positive health and wellbeing looks at things we should ‘do’ to keep us engaged in life. However, from our experience, having the urge to 'do' is often dependent upon how well we feel, physically and emotionally. When we are exhausted, in pain, sad or stressed, it is much harder to find any motivation or energy to go out and do these rewarding activities, even though we know they will make us feel better, and this needs to be considered when devising life strategies for self-care.
Quality of life hinges on the very simple yet profound truth that our bodies have an intrinsic drive towards optimum health, under the right conditions.
These ‘right conditions’ are strongly influenced by our chosen habits. The choices we make can just as easily block this intrinsic drive (poor sleep, poor diet) as support it (keeping well hydrated, exercising), if our thoughts or actions cause a state of stress or tension. All self-care systems have a simple goal at their core, to engage that intrinsic drive so it facilitates us to heal and thrive.
This brings us back to Chinese tea, whose unique nutrients can synchronise our brain hemispheres, positively alter our brain chemistry, reduce our stress levels and activate our rest, relax, digest response. Full of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, tea can support this optimal functioning of our bodies and minds.
In terms of simple and effective ways to keep both body and mind healthy and happy, such a delicious and supportive ally is as relevant today as it has ever been.