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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 July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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