Are you one of the millions of people to rely on a cup of tea or coffee to tackle that mid-morning or mid-afternoon energy slump? Did you know that your caffeine habit could actually be making you feel more tired in the long run?
At Tick Tock we know how hard teachers work. And we know much they deserve and enjoy a cup of tea and five minutes peace in the staff room at break time. So we’ve joined forces with the Times Educational Supplement (TES) to encourage teachers to switch to our caffeine free rooibos instead of their usual brew.
Here’s why …
No matter how much you love your job, teaching is hard work. So it’s no surprise that three in five secondary school teachers say that their work has suffered as a result of mental health problem (according to recent research by the Teacher Support Network Group). 91 per cent of those polled by the charity said they suffered from stress, 74 per cent anxiety and 49 per cent depression. Symptoms regularly cited were problems with sleeping, headaches and inability to concentrate.
Though there is not a simple solution to these problems, just a five minute break from your hectic day can make quite a difference. Put the kettle on, make a cuppa and be mindful of your special time out – but take note, while the caffeine boost of a strong coffee or tea might be tempting, it might not be the best solution. Research suggests that caffeine can actually contribute to stress and poor performance.
Professor Peter Rogers from the University of Bristol has spent years researching why caffeine is our favourite stimulant and whether it really helps us as much as we think.
Rogers says that morning drowsiness and tiredness in caffeine consumers before they have had their first cup of the day is higher than in those who do not consume caffeine. He adds that “consumption of caffeine increases alertness and mental performance in caffeine consumers, but has little or no effect on alertness in non-consumers”.
In short it appears that caffeine’s alerting effects are “largely illusionary”, says Professor Rogers, with caffeine merely serving to bring regular caffeine-drinkers back to a normal level of functioning. And while it does this, caffeine also raises blood pressure and increases anxiety, he adds.
So what's the alternative?
Most of us would like to feel less anxious, sleep better, and be more alert and productive at work. Professor Rogers quells the worry people have that giving up caffeine will make them feel worse not better – “after a week (or a bit less) of caffeine abstinence, for caffeine consumers resemble non-consumers in their levels of alertness and performance”.
So why not switch to rooibos tea instead? Anecdotal evidence says that rooibos has soothing properties, helping drinkers to relax. Rooibos is full of natural goodness and is naturally caffeine free – which means you can enjoy it at any time of the day, even at bedtime (and it can be enjoyed by the whole family). Rooibos is full bodied and has a natural sweetness – you can enjoy it with or without milk. It blends very well with traditional tea flavours – so our Earl Grey Rooibos Tea and Honey, Lemon & Ginger Rooibos Tea are top sellers. At Tick Tock, we’ve been perfecting our award-winning teas for over four generations and we use only the very finest, premium grade rooibos in our teas. Find out more about our rooibos tea history and our rooibos tea products by exploring our website.
[Source: The TES, 13.03.15]
Here are our top tips for enjoying the perfect mug of tea:1. Match the occasion
Naturally caffeine free, rooibos tea is ideal anytime – it’s the perfect cup for those little ‘me’ moments, for the whole family, and even at bed time. And there’s a blend for every occasion: from the full bodied Original Rooibos Tea to the refreshing Green Rooibos Tea, or the traditional Earl Grey Rooibos to the warming Vanilla Chai Rooibos Tea.2. Use your favourite cup
Rational or not, research shows that your daily brew tastes better from your favourite cup or mug! The ritual is as important as the tea itself.3. Brew to taste
Leave the rooibos teabag in freshly boiled water for about 2-4 minutes, or longer for a stronger brew. Unlike black tea, rooibos is low in tannins, so it won’t go bitter if left to steep.4. To each their own
Smooth and full-bodied, rooibos is a great alternative to ordinary tea. The Original Rooibos, Earl Grey Rooibos and Vanilla Chai Rooibos are delicious with or without milk and sugar. However the more delicate flavours of the Green Rooibos, Honey Lemon & Ginger Rooibsos and Detox Tea Tick Tock’s are best enjoyed on their own.5. Savour the moment
Teapots are great, but if you’re short on time, tea bags are just the ticket. Whichever you choose, it’s the act of stopping, slowing down and savouring the moment that’s important. It‘s the little things that count!