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Here are the 5 best teas to drink when you are stressed

Give yourself some quali-tea time!

The world is a stressful place, it’s important to take a break every now and then to recharge.

Personally, tea is what helps me when I’m super stressed out, the key to efficiency and productivity is a clear head and a relaxed mind! Here are some of my favorite teas to treat myself to when everything gets overwhelming.

1. Chamomile

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Chamomile is the classic go-to beverage when it comes to stress relief.

Whenever I’m at a cafe but I don’t feel like overloading on caffeine, I switch up my regular coffee for some hot chamomile tea. Chamomile helps with muscle relaxation, bloating, and irritability. On top of that, excessive stressing leads to exhaustion, causing you to crash. Stress crashing will leave you feeling even more tired. Chamomile tea 30 minutes before bed will help will fall into a deep slumber, and you will wake up feeling a lot better than you did the night before. 

The Harney & Sons chamomile blend is particularly soothing one!

2. Green tea

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I recently wrote a different article emphasizing how great matcha is as an alternative to coffee when it comes to looking for a healthier caffeine source.

I’m so crazy about green tea and it’s such a classic that I just have to add it to this list. Green tea just has so many benefits; not only does it have healthy amounts of caffeine that will keep you alert but not jittery (like coffee tends to do), but it also helps keep stress and anxiety levels down. So the next time you’re stressing over an exam or a paper, try switching up your three cups of coffee for a hot mug of green tea.

teapigs’ green tea is one of our Interim Managing Editor’s fav tea blends!

3. Vanilla rooibos

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I grew up drinking vanilla rooibos tea, I love this tea because it has a hint of sweetness and leaves a silky, smooth feeling in my mouth.

Rooibos tea originates from South Africa and has been proven to be effective in many ways, especially when it comes to your stomach. Rooibos will alleviate stomach pains and improve your digestive system. One of the main symptoms of stress and anxiety can be tense muscles and cramps. Have a cup of vanilla rooibos tea to relax those muscles because who likes to be in pain?

Numi’s brand of rooibos sounds like a lip-smackingly good time!

4. Oolong

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Oolong tea is from the black/green tea family. If green tea is made from freshly picked leaves and black tea is made from high levels of oxidation, consider oolong to be right in the middle of the two. Therefore, oolong has a much deeper and savory taste than green tea, but it’s not thick and bitter like black tea.

Healthline lists oolong’s many benefits: it improves skin conditions, boosts metabolism, and helps with stress. Studies have proven that oolong tea decreases stress levels by 20% since it has an amino acid that causes a decrease in stress response. But beware — too much oolong might drive all the melatonin out of your body. Don’t drink too much unless you want to be wide awake in the middle of the night!

Bigelow’s Oolong tea is as savory as they come!

5. Peppermint

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Peppermint tea is amazing when you want to feel relaxed and freshened up. Have a mug of peppermint tea just before going to bed or taking a nap — you will feel super well-rested and ready to start your day!

Yogi’s Purely Peppermint is a refreshing mix!

There are so many benefits to drinking tea, including alternatives to coffee, mental health improvement, and better digestive and immune systems. Constant stress comes from overloading of work because society expects us to drill through life like machines. But we’re not automatons. It’s okay to take a break, recharge, and be human…with a cup of tea.