Well, what about tea? It solves all the problems according to my mum! Going through a break-up? Cannot seem to concentrate? Are you feeling dizzy and tired? Here, have some tea I am sure it will make you feel better!
Studies suggest that there are elements within tea that contribute to the functions of the brain. For example, green tea may provide a way of curing Alzheimer’s disease while tea may also enhance cognitive performance and improves cognitive impairments. Moreover, it may induce relaxation without drowsiness and boost memory by increasing the production of new brain cells. Studies show that drinking tea can be a factor in improved mental health in fact research found that drinking green tea was associated with less psychological distress. Tests show that when tea was given during treatment of schizophrenia there were results of reduced anxiety amongst other symptoms.
On the other hand, the process of making a cup of tea and consuming it is in its own a form of relaxation, reflection, closure and also as a social bonding. Making tea for someone else can act as a way of empathy, bonding or even solidarity. Tea can also form part of a culture that can evoke memories and feelings whilst some cultures also consider tea as a significant meaning that it needs to be given a sense of richness and respect. This makes the tea a symbolic dimension that enhances chemical effects in our mind that contribute positively to our health.
So enjoying a cup of tea can make your day a little better!
Therisa is a psychology graduate who worked in the HR sector for the past 4 years. She decided to change her career path and thus is at present an intern at Willingness and will continue to focus on psychology practices.