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School, especially the senior years, can definitely be a big cause of stress. So having ways to cope with this is may be one of the most important things you can learn during this time! There are the classic methods of exercising or catching up with friends. But one of my personal favourites that has legitimate, scientifically proven benefits is drinking tea! (seriously!!)

Drinking tea has many benefits but helping you to destress is the biggest. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, have a look at our Benefits of Reading , settle down with a warm cup of tea and a nice book and relax. And if you’re looking for a justification to spend some more money at T2, look no further…

Great for Relaxation

While the science isn’t definitive yet about why tea is so relaxing, study after study shows it isn’t just placebo. Black tea has been shown not just to reduce overall stress, but to help with dealing with stressful situations.[1] Chamomile tea is especially good at reducing stress, and can actually help with generalised anxiety disorder.[2] Green tea, especially low caffeine, can help you to sleep better and reduce stress.[3] The great thing about tea is that the act of drinking it and the short term effects are super relaxing, but it also has long-term benefits for de-stressing.

Health Benefits

Green and black tea contains ‘polyphenolic compounds’ which have been shown to lower chances of cardiovascular disease and are also linked to a lower risk of type two diabetes, as well having anti-aging effects.[4] These results have been indicated in multiple studies, which means that there is a very good chance that regularly drinking tea can be an asset to maintaining a healthy lifestyle!

Undeniably Soothing

Even if it is placebo, the act of holding a warm mug and sipping on some nice tea is extremely soothing, you have to admit. I also find there is something calming and comforting about the ritual of making a cup or a pot of tea when I’m stressed; taking time to slow down to enjoy it.

One of my teachers in year twelve gave me a book about tea, and he wrote in it “Life is to be enjoyed. So is tea.” While you can’t get rid of everything stressful in life, you can always have a cup of tea, which makes a pretty decent substitute.

So I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go boil the kettle!

By Lydia Fagen

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17013636

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27912875

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5537891/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4055352/