For many folks, it seems like every day there is a story circulating on the news that heightens their already elevated state of stress and anxiety.
The media spoon feeds you a daily dose of all things wrong in the world to the point where you think nothing good is happening, and everything is in a state of disrepair.
There are considerable repercussions to your mental wellbeing when you feed into and focus on these communications. Without even realizing it, you are put into an almost constant state of anxiety and fear.
The decisions you make, how you treat people, and your attitude towards just about everything, can all be influenced by what you watch and absorb from the news that day.
Ever notice how, when you see something that makes you angry on the news, it tends to carry over into the rest of your day. You seem to come in contact with more and more things to get angry about.
Or maybe you see something that scares you, so you make irrational decisions the rest of the day based on the fear you felt from something on the news earlier that day.
It's not something you realize at first until you start paying closer attention to your feelings and start turning your attention away from all the news.
Aside from taking a step back from all the headlines, a daily cup of matcha tea has been shown to help reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
Japanese researchers are currently studying the effects matcha powder and matcha extract have on anxious behaviors.
It appears that some of the naturally occurring components in matcha activate dopamine and serotonin receptors, which are closely associated with anxiety.
Dopamine and serotonin are referred to as the "feel good" chemicals in our brains. They play a vital role in how happy we are feeling.
Drinking a cup of matcha every day provides a slow-releasing amount of caffeine, so it doesn't add to an increased feeling of anxiety like coffee does.
So you can get a boost in your feel-good chemicals and feel uniquely energized at the same time.
Although further exploration is needed, researchers feel quite encouraged by their studies this far. They believe matcha can be used as a medicinal complement to your daily lifestyle to help you cope with the side effects caused by stress and anxiety.