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The Brew Journal


Working from Home? Here are 5 Best Teas to Perk Up Your Day.

This article was written in collaboration with Jiayan Chiu from Cardable. Find out more at the end of the article.
In the new normal of our fight against Covid-19, working from home has become a regular routine for most. Although working from home has its many benefits, a work day can sometimes feel quite long without the regular office chatter and pantry breaks. It is normal to feel tired by mid-day. Afterall, working from home means you might have to wear even more hats during the day, perhaps juggling your family or furkids at the same time as well.

You might be surprised that setting aside some time for a tea break could do wonders for your productivity. It can be just a quick 10 minutes of quiet time: simply sipping your favourite tea, having some of your favourite snacks and doing some stretching to reset the day. Here are some best teas that can help to perk up your day!

Green Tea

Popular for its health benefits such as supporting one’s immune system and increasing metabolism rate that helps with weight loss, green tea is rich in antioxidants such as catechins. In this study, it has also proved that the catechins in green tea can help delay memory regression when consumed daily. Green tea also contains an amino acid known as L-theanine that can give you a much needed energy boost without the jitters from a cup of coffee. (Read more about the types of tea here.)

Apart from the regular green tea, it also comes in many flavours. If you enjoy flavoured tea, you’ll like this special blend of Maple Vanilla Green Tea that is sweet, malty and comforting, reminding you of your favourite all-day breakfast of fluffy pancakes and maple syrup! 

Let the familiar smell of fragrant pandan fill your home on a weary work day with Kindred Teas’ Pandan & Butterfly Pea Green Tea. Hojicha (roasted green tea) is paired beautifully with pandan and butterfly pea flowers in this locally-inspired tea blend. Watch as the tea turns into a lovely shade of blue thanks to the butterfly pea flower. 

Black Tea

Did you know that black tea actually comes from the same plant as green tea? Known as Camellia Sinensis, the plant is grown in the same way but the difference lies in how the two teas are treated upon harvest. Black tea undergoes an oxidation process resulting in a deep malty and rich flavor. Although this results in a different profile of nutrients and antioxidants for both teas, black tea is still a popular choice and pairs well with many different flavours.

Your afternoons will never be the same again with Kindred Teas’ take of the classic Earl Grey Blend that is citrusy and floral at the same time. Inhale the smell of bergamot oil from your cup of tea as you sip this medium-bodied Ceylon black tea and be ready to take on the world again!

Speaking of taking on the world, dream of Paris as you try this Ispahan tea blend that is thoughtfully flavoured with lychee and raspberry with a tinge of sweet rose. 

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea, like the other teas, supports overall health and wellness. Not only does this tea help with an upset stomach, it can also improve digestion*. If you are feeling unwell, with a cold or sore throat, this is one go-to tea with antibacterial properties that can help you battle the common cold and flu.

Aside from these benefits, peppermint tea has a fresh, minty flavour and leaves a cooling taste. If you are feeling sleepy after lunch, this is one tea that would definitely perk you up and improve your concentration on a work day to fight those zzz-monsters.

*Note: While peppermint tea is helpful with digestion and minor stomach ailments, it is advised not to consume this tea during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It is also not suitable for those with acid reflux and heartburn ailments.

Oolong Tea

Like green tea and black tea, oolong tea is also made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis except that oolong tea is semi-oxidised which contributes to its distinctive taste. Apart from health benefits like reducing cholesterol levels, protecting against neuro diseases like Parkinson’s disease and more, oolong tea also increases alertness without the jitters as it contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to have a calming effect. L-theanine in tea can also improve our mood.

Got a late afternoon meeting? A cup of Dong Ding Oolong would be perfect to boost your concentration and soothe the nerves before you start.
Blooming Tea
Blooming Teas are a treat for the senses and are perfect for a quick 10 minutes tea break. Breathe in the aroma of the fragrant tea and watch the hand-threaded bloom unfold its delicate petals of different tea leaves into a beautiful bouquet. Choose between Kindred Teas’ Blessings Tea that comes with four different blooms representing Gratitude, Harmony, Longevity and Prosperity or the Endearment Tea with Devotion, Desire, Affection and Adoration blooms. You’ll definitely find that you work much better after this short break! 

With these teas to energise you during the day, doing some light stretching at your work space can also help to keep your mind fresh. If you have time, squeeze in a short yoga session during your lunch break and feel the difference. Yoga is simple as all you need is a yoga mat, comfortable clothing and an optional yoga block that you can get easily online
These short breaks might seem like it's not much but these are little steps that can do wonders for your health and emotions, giving that much needed pick-me-up to any work day! 

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