As an avid tea drinker for many years, I have used tea for medicinal purposes, as well as for enjoyment.
When I recently became a college student, I knew that the right cup of tea would definitely help me while completing my distance learning degree.
I did some research to find teas that were good for concentration and memory retention and found some great ones that I knew would really help.
Since I was earning my degree from home, I had to come up with a routine that would create some structure in my study time. I organized my desk area to be conducive to effective studying while creating a set routine.
Every day when I get off of work, I hit the gym for a nice workout, come home and shower, and then put the tea kettle on. I begin my coursework as I am waiting for the water to boil. Once I hear the tea kettle scream, I go prepare whatever type of tea that I need that particular day.
From green teas to black teas to herbal teas, I like to switch up the variety to keep it interesting, and to address any nutritional needs that may arise.
I absolutely love having my tea routine. Upon the first sip of my tea, my brain is ready to go and I begin studying right away. On most days, I drink a very subtle green tea with a hint of ginger to help appease my sensitive stomach. On days when I need an extra boost of memory or information retention, like when I am studying for a big test, I drink a tea containing gingko biloba, ginseng and calamus.
I have seen a dramatic improvement in my studying experience and performance on tests since starting drinking tea. Not only does the routine of drinking my tea while I complete my coursework help me focus, but I enjoy the added health benefits as well.
After a night of studying I often have difficulty sleeping. My brain is so wired from reading and writing that I simply can’t shut it off. On nights where I experience sleeplessness, I like to sip a chamomile tea. Chamomile is a flowering plant and is used in herbal teas to induce calmness and relaxation. I brew a pot of chamomile tea with a little lavender and lemon and it puts me to sleep right away.
Different teas serve different purposes; have different flavors and cause different reactions within you. Experiment with many different teas in order to find which ones work the best for you in the each situation. Let me know your findings in the comment field below.