Typically, people reach for coffee when they need a quick pick-me-up. While a little coffee every now and then is ok, relying solely on coffee to energize yourself can result in dependency and depleted nerves. Instead of crashing when the coffee wears off, when you choose the right tea for your body, you feel revitalized and supported at the same time.
Spacey & Unfocused (Vata)Do you feel spacey, anxious, or stressed every day by 2-3pm? If you are a light & airy Vata type, you may find it nearly impossible to focus on a single task this time of day. Your mind may bounce from idea to idea. You may find that you constantly tap your toes, switch the cross of your legs, feeling fidgety and antsy. When your Vata goes out of balance, stress makes you hyperactive and scattered. You can become sensitive to the emotions of co-workers, nervous talking to the boss, and feel like you need a distraction to stay grounded. Letting the so-called "water roll off the duck's back" is a challenge for Vata, especially in a tense workplace.
The remedy is to steep warm, grounding herbs in nourishing liquids like milk, almond milk, or soup broth. Add something sweet to soften a rough day, like maple syrup or honey. That way, your nervous system can slow back down, your muscles can relax, and you can refocus your mind. Here are some herbal suggestions:
Driven Overachievers (Pitta)
Hot, fiery Pitta thrives in a productive environment. If you are a Pitta, you probably love checking items off your well-organized to-do list. As the day wears on however, you may be frustrated by slower-paced co-workers, a disorganized meeting, or missing a deadline! Pitta is easily impatient in the workplace, critical of others' methods, and intensely hyper-critical of their own work. Pitta may become reactive, engaging in arguments with co-workers or even the boss. Although chances are they are the boss.
The solution is to soothe your mind and cool your blood. A touch of sweetness can soften the sharp edge of hot pitta. Imagine how much more productive a conversation would be instead of a confrontation!
Brain-Fog & Unmotivated (Kapha)
Do you find it impossible to shake your morning fog? Are you waiting hours to feel "ready for the day?" Do you notice yourself nodding off while you should feel energetic? Heavy Kapha types tend to feel bored and foggy minded at the workplace issues. They may zone out or even fall asleep at the desk. After sitting for hours, your body feels tired, heavy, and dull. While others head to the mountains for a hike to shake off the work day, you crave the comfort of your couch.
Kapha types tend to snack on sweets at work. Unfortunately, this slows downs circulation even more, exacerbating your sense of tiredness. Instead, try these teas and feel invigorated, light, and ready for anything!
Lifestyle Tips for All 3 Body TypesSome problems with a long work day affect every body type. Sitting in a chair for long periods can cause lymphatic congestion and sluggish circulation. Throughout the day, your organs depend on good circulation to stay fresh and clean. As blood slows down in your body, your thoughts become foggy. An achiness settles into your low back, neck, and shoulders. The following herbs can help improve circulation during the workday:
Don't Forget to Stretch!Although herbal teas are extremely helpful, don't forget to get up and stretch, take a walk in the fresh air, and breathe deeply. In this way you support your body and mind from all angles. Better yet, sip your tea outside in the courtyard to get some sunshine and build your vitamin D levels! My Saved Articles | Most Popular
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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I appreciate this article. I've tried the lemongrass ginger combo and find it works well. My coffee consumption is decreasing and i feel better.