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Not worrying

Don't worry. Be Happy.

Fact: I worry too much, and I probably shouldn’t.

When I found this image on StumbleUpon, I saved it to my favorites to remind me NOT to get all upset about things. The picture I originally stumbled on was deleted, so did Google search, because I wanted to share this anyway.  This saying is so true and this picture inspires me–it’s so simple.

So to you- don’t think about that test that you maybe failed, or the money that you are tight on, or that relationship that you lost. Or that friend that may be mad at you. Or whatever it may be that’s got you down. It’s not worth freaking out about :) Life goes on.

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Bike Riding

It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Yahoo!

100_1448 by rowanofravara

"1000_1448" by Rowan of Ravara

I was cooped up editing the school newspaper all morning, so this afternoon I took a bike ride. I rode down my street, past the ocean, and took a rest stop at the beach. Then I rode back up the hill, past mansions, the ocean, past tourists and spring’s robins. It was a lovely ride. :)

I highly recommend taking a leisurely bike ride. It’s great exercise, a great stress reliever, and the fresh air and beautiful scenery really is worth it!

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Life Lessons (Coping with stress)

Article by Jodi Lynn Bryson, Girls' Life Magazine, August/September 2002, page 44

I tore this page out from a magazine called  Girls’ Life, and it is advice from actress Alexis Bledel who played the part  of Rory Gilmore in the TV show Gilmore Girls (my favorite TV show). I have this article in its entirety posted on my wall, and I refer to this article as a reminder of how to cope with stress.  In this article, Bledel responds to various questions on how she would react to a situation, and also how her character, Rory, would react to a situation. Even though the answers to these problems are basic, I find inspiration from them. The character Rory often reminds me of myself: overachieving, soft-spoken, and with the goal of becoming a journalist. Even though she is fictional, I refer to her “advice” because I think we have a lot in common. When I’m stressed, I definitely do go into overdrive mode, and start working really hard.

However, I also focus on things that make me happy when I’m stressed. In my past posts, I’ve written about writing in a journal, music, TV shows, going for walks, and doing fun things with friends. All of these things help ease my mind when I have a lot going on. Which of these things do you do most often when you are stressed? Vote for your best answer in my poll:

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Why I Drink Tea

A shot from the "Alice in Wonderland" tea party my friends and I held last spring.

A good cup of tea always eases stress for me.

I found a 2007 New York Times article by Anahad O’Connor  that claims that there is only a little bit of scientific evidence that drinking tea reduces stress. The New York Times reports a study done by the British Heart Foundation that found that black tea drinkers did not react to stress differently from those given a caffeinated placebo. The heart rates, hormones, etc. were the same in both groups of men.

However, the study did find that these men could calm down quicker after the stress–the hormones of tea drinkers returned to normal faster than the hormones of those given a placebo.

Read the full article, “The Claim: Drinking Tea Reduces Stress” here.

Ok, so the scientific studies aren’t so generous, but here’s some reasons why tea reduces stress for me and why I love drinking tea:

  • In the colder months, tea warms you up. There is nothing like sipping a warm beverage to keep you nice and toasty. And since it’s snowing outside in the springtime, right now that holds true.
  • Some tea has caffeine. Enough said.
  • Herbal tea, and even to an extent black tea, has a very earthy flavor and scent. It feels so natural and organic to drink tea.
  • Like coffee, tea comes in many flavors that are fun to try out. I like peach flavored tea a lot. I also like Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea.
  • My favorite tea is Red Rose tea. I grew up drinking this tea…and the little figurines that come in the boxes are fun to collect!
  • Some herbal tea can help you fall asleep.
  • Tea and honey do wonders for a sore throat.
  • In the past, my friends dress up and have a tea party. We plan to have an outdoor tea party/picnic when the weather gets warmer. I would recommend having a tea party at least once. I know it sounds kind of frilly and girl-y, but it can be a lot of fun to dress up and get a tea set and make light snacks to go with your many flavors of tea.
  • Speaking of snacks, tea goes great with a Biscotti or other cookies.
  • I love chai tea lattes. Starbucks has the best chai lattes, in my opinion. They are a little spicy when they go down your throat, and therefore really nice in the winter or when you have a sore throat. Chai lattes always remind me of the holidays, but they are great  year round. :)
  • Drinking tea while studying or doing work just sets a tone of ambiance and worldliness. :)

Any other tea drinkers have recommendations for tea tastings or reasons why you love tea?

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