We all know staying hydrated throughout the day has a multitude of benefits, but drinking just plain water, or even water with fresh fruit in it gets dull after a while. Coffee is the other standard workplace beverage, yet drinking too much coffee can release high amounts of stress hormones making it difficult to relax.
Both tea and coffee are usually caffeinated, but most tea has less caffeine than coffee (which can be a good or a bad thing, depending on your personal preference.) What tea has that coffee doesn’t is an amino acid called L-Theanine, which increases the production of alpha waves in the brain. When combined with caffeine it helps improve brain function, which can wake up your inner productivity ninja.
Tea is also more convenient to make than coffee (at minimum, all you need is a tea bag and a kettle). It is also a lovely ritual that can help reinforce some productive habits. Consider doing a few stretches as the kettle boils so that you return to your desk feeling recharged.
We are big fans of the Pomodoro technique which encourages 25 minutes of productive work followed by a 5 minute break. Getting up to make a cup of tea provides the perfect opportunity for such breaks.
Scented teas may have an added aromatherapy benefit too! Certain scents, such as lemon, cinnamon, peppermint, and lavender, are shown to help boost productivity. But scented candles can be an office fire hazard, so aim for a tea break and breathe in the aroma of peppermint to boost your energy.
Tea also provides a much wider variety of options, from caffeine-free herbal teas, black teas, to health-boosting green teas. Green tea is full of antioxidants, and both standard green tea and matcha powder (the type of green tea used in a green tea Frappuccino) are backed by many studies showing their numerous health benefits.
Herbal teas are perfect for those who want to enjoy the benefits of tea without the caffeine, since they contain no actual tea leaves. Black teas such as Early Grey and Orange Pekoe are the most common kinds of tea.
Whether you’re a tea snob like me and swear that only tea you make yourself will do, or if you only trust Second Cup to make you that perfect London fog, we can all agree that a cup of tea makes the workday more manageable and enjoyable.