August 15th is National Relaxation Day

In a recent survey, 23% of Canadians aged 15 and older (6.7 million people) reported that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’[1].

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Did you know that stress affects your heart health? Research shows that too much stress can harm your heart and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke[2]. Stressors include not just major life events such as moving or starting school, but also daily events such as traffic jams, meeting deadlines or facing conflicts.  The level of stress you experience and how you react to it can lead to a wide variety of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, or irregular heartbeats[3].

A great deal of research has been published on tea’s health benefits and tea has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is a risk factor of heart disease and small decrease in blood pressure from dietary changes may have significant benefits. Researchers in Australia found that regular consumption of 3 cups of black tea a day can result in significantly lower blood pressures. “There is unequivocal evidence that tea as a lifestyle factor can impact health,” said Dr. Carol Greenwood, Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. “Drinking tea should be considered part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Knowing your stressors can also help you choose strategies that are right for you. There are three basic types of coping skills for stress:

  • Physical: exercise, stretch, eating a healthy diet, and get a good rest
  • Cognitive/Mental: positive thinking or meditation
  • Personal/Social: leisure time with family and friends. “Seek out things that make you happy and that matter most to you.” advises the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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All three types of stress coping skills are useful to help you deal with stress in your life and you may find one more helpful than another depending on your particular situation

Everyone feels stress in different ways and knowing where your stressors come from and what to do about it is an important first step in managing your health.

Many people find tea a refreshing and relaxing drink. Tea originates from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and has been used for hundreds of years to help with relaxation.

Easy as 1- 2- TEA

How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea

How to Brew the Best Cup of Tea

Visit here if you’re interested in learning more about the types of tea and how to steep tea, or learn more about how to become a Certified TAC TEA SOMMELIER® Professional here.

[1] Statistics Canada http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2015001/article/14188-eng.htm

[2] Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada  http://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-healthy/reduce-stress

[3] Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://www.heartandstroke.ca/-/media/pdf-files/canada/other/coping-with-stress-en.ashx

 

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