The power of the tea break
Coffee breaks, are identified as the most important factor for social and personal well-being in the office. And while being ambitious and hard-working is important, so is taking a break every once in a while during the workday. As a coffee-lover myself, I sometimes catch myself drinking my fifth cup of coffee before noon. Worse about that is that the improved cognitive function wears off quickly, only leaving you craving for even more coffee and ending up having sleepless nights. Alternatives are to replace your regular cup of coffee with mushroom coffee or tea! Here are ten tips why switching over to a tea break might be beneficial for you.
In ancient Chinese health, drinking tea is associated with higher cognitive enhancement. The hypothesis here is that drinking tea is related to better global cognitive function, memory, and the speed to process information. There has not been a lot of empirical data to test the hypothesis, but in this case the placebo effect will do the job too.
Not only does green tea stimulate fat burn and prevent different types of cancer as it is high in anti-oxidants, more studies are showing that it also has positive effects on the brain. And that is something we like to hear more of. Green tea contains the amino acid L-theanine, which increases the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA. GABA, which stands for gamma-Aminobutyric acid, inhibits effects such as anxiety, trouble falling asleep, and being annoyed.
Green tea has been found to increase alpha waves in our brain as well as dopamine levels – our happiness neurotransmitter. Increased alpha waves in your brain stimulate a relaxing, or meditating mind state.
Increasing RAM on your PC or Macbook can be quite the hassle. Luckily tea can do the trick for you, your brain's working memory that is (just in case you were at the point of throwing your cup of tea against your computer screen). Green tea increases working memory in the brain, something we can definitely use during work.
Rooibos tea has a high mineral content. It contains zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium. Especially magnesium is something you want. Ever felt a bit woozy in the head? That could be a sign of a magnesium deficiency.
These same minerals in rooibos tea also encourage a good night’s sleep and overall feeling of being calm and relaxed throughout the day. This is especially nice when it gets a bit crazy at work.
Pu-erh tea has been found to aid in digestion and block the liver from producing fat cells. So, this is also nice to have after lunch. Fun fact: Tim Ferriss also likes to drink this tea. Furthermore, Chinese people have been doing this forever when having dim sum. How else do all those Asians stay lean while eating so much yummy foods?
There is caffeine in tea, just not as much as in coffee. Therefore, you will still enjoy the benefits of this brain booster, just without the crash coffee might give you.
One can do brain training to prevent Alzheimer, but tea might be helpful with that as well. The L-theanine in green tea has also been found to prevent Alzheimer.
Nobody likes stress, let alone distress. Luckily, drinking tea leads to less psychological distress. Combine that with taking a break from the stressful work environment and you'll be relaxed in no time, ready to get on with the task at hand!
I guess it is safe to say that tea breaks increase overall performance and happiness at work. Are you convinced and will you be trying to replace your coffee breaks with tea breaks? My favourite tea of all time is the BB Detox from Kusmi, which is a tea mixture of green and rooibos, infused with grapefruit. And I also like my pu-erh, not because of the taste or smell (I am not a big fan of that), but because of the dim sum it comes with haha. What is your favourite tea? Share it in the comment section!