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10 Stress Relieving Teas You can Brew at Home After a Long Day of Work

10 Stress Relieving Teas You can Brew at Home After a Long Day of Work

Whether you are a successful business person or a full time student, whatever you call “work” is no doubt a tiring and stressful thing. Sometimes the most stressful part about a job can be the commute or the endless emails, and other times it’s putting up with a frustrating boss.

For those of you who have to travel a long way to work, have to work to support a family, or who have to balance multiple jobs and work, too, sometimes a nice bath and a cup of tea is what you need to calm your mind and release all the stress and tension of the day.

Even starting your day with a cup of tea can be a good way to enter into a new day calmly and without coffee. While black coffee can have health benefits, most people add unhealthy cream and sugar. Tea often needs little additives to make it tasty, and it is rich in health benefits. Tea has antioxidants which are essential in fighting inflammation. It has even been shown to help prevent blood vessels from hardening. Drinking tea on a regular basis can significantly lower the risk of stroke and heart disease while improving brain health [1]. We’ve compiled a list of the best teas to drink for reduced stress.

Stress reducing teas

1. Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea, Sleepytime Extra

This blend of chamomile, spearmint and other soothing herbs long since used in relaxation techniques makes for a perfect cup of tea for adults to drink before bed. The ingredients allow for a safe, natural alternative to medical sleep aids.

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    2. RUNA Clean Energy, Traditional Guayusa Tea

    Guayusa is a rare tea from the Amazon. It’s light, refreshing, and revitalizing. Since guayusa has more caffeine and polyphenols than most teas, you get a boost of mental clarity and focus.

    It’s especially suitable for adults who don’t want to drink coffee but need to an extra boost of energy to start off their day

      3. Yogi Tea, Honey Lavender Stress Relief

      Relax and enjoy this delicious blend specifically formulated to help calm your mind and body. Lemon balm leaf and passion flower extract are used to promote relaxation by soothing the nerves. Organic chamomile and lavender comfort for a deliciously intriguing blend that promotes a sense of calm

      Honey and spearmint help calm during a stressful day or to ease you into a restful night

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        4. Sleep Aids Tea – Calming Anxiety Relief & Stress Relief Tea Blend

        A relaxing, 100% natural tea blend mixed with the best teas known to help with sleep . If this tea doesn’t help to aid a better sleep, manufacturer is happy to do a full refund!

          5. Yogi Tea, Relaxed Mind

          Soothe your mind and refresh your spirit with this fragrant, relaxing tea. Unique formula with aromatic Lavender and Organic Sage, herbs traditionally used to balance your mood and nurture creativity. With helichrysum to uplift the subconscious, as shankpushpi supports cognition and also uplift your subconscious. Soothing and sophisticated blend that brings you to a state of pure relaxation and tranquility

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            6. Gaia Herbs Sleep and Relax Herbal Tea

            This tea feature s a non-habit forming formula with herbs traditionally recognized to support tranquil sleep. Calms nervous agitation, Aids in relaxation and Promotes relaxing & restorative sleep.

              7. Pukka Organic Teas, Relax

              Relax tea is a unique blend of calming herbs with fantastic soothing properties. It is best drunk in the evening to release the tension of the day. Chamomile flower and Gotu kola leaf help you to unwind while ginger and cardamom seed ease digestion. This tea even won great taste gold award 2012!

                8. Artemis Rest and Relax Tea

                This tea is full of natural plant medicine to help you cope with feelings of worry, tension and tiredness. It even supports adrenal recovery and replenishment while you sleep.

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                  9. Baetea Energy Tea

                  Organic Rooibos and Honeybush Combined With Stimulating Gu arana To Recharge and Boost Your Energy. Formulated To Help Sustain Energy Levels and Focus Throughout Your Day.

                  Energy Tea Is The Ultimate Way To Boost Energy Levels and Focus The Mind. Made From Only The Best 100% Natural Ingredients. No Nasty Artificial Ingredients. Artificial Stimulant Free.

                    10. Triple Leaf Tea, Relaxing

                    Combine ancient Chinese herbal formulas with the input of modern day Chinese herbalists trained in traditional healing herbalism. Helps with sleep and relaxation.

                      Be patient as you incorporate these teas into your life

                      As with anything, when you start a new habit, it can take time to notice a change in your life. Allow a few nights for the tea’s ingredients to get into your system before you notice a better, more restful sleep.

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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