Why do you drink tea?
The process. I love getting my set ready, prepping the water, and measuring the leaves. I can pour over the liquor after steeping and the leaves for long periods of time. It is very relaxing to me and I’m a very high-strung, anxious type and so it is just one of those things that keeps my mood in control.
Because there are so many flavors to enjoy, because I love tea, because they’re good for me…because there are so many reasons!!!
For me its the process. Boiling the water just right and pouring into your teapot of choice… It’s so nice and calming for me. Also, the limit to flavors are LIMITLESS!
My Grandmother also use to make tea for me whenever I came over to visit. Sitting down with a cup of tea is the best way to always have a special moment with someone. <3
I really enjoy your reason. It is beautiful and the first part is such a great part of preparing tea…the mindfulness
I drink tea for a few reasons…
On a nightshift, Coffee makes me sick and jittery and I usually end up crashing at 2am (begging for death most of the time) since it’s so hard on my stomach and wits. I switched to tea since it’s easier on my body and tastes a whole lot better.
Also since I am of the female breed, teas help a LOT when I get ill every month. I’ve really come to rely on them as a comfort for it. And when I just get ill in general there’s so many teas that will help settle my stomach/head/aches.
And for the health reasons! I find its easier to drink down Ginger than eating it…
You are so right – both on the female comments and the ginger. Ginger really does help on the monthly ills, but eating it is…unfun!
Actually sometimes I like eating a little bit of ginger, especially when I’m eating sushi. Mmm, oh drat…now I’m craving sushi!
I admit, I never have tried sushi. I fear fish since I tend to have bad experiences with them… but with ginger, I’ve only been made to eat crystallized ginger and the taste alone brings shivers to me.
The Tea version suits me a lot better and doesn’t drive my nose crazy.
Hydration, less tartar on my teeth, feeling good for mood, energizer, tastes good, better muscular performance on gross motor tasks of heavy weighttraining, better precision on guitar playing/piano playing, stress reduction, affordability, prevention of illness.
In different ways at different times, but that’s ultimately the simplest answer it comes down to.
We all have such wonderful reasons. Variety is not quite a reason, as there are thousands of varieties of mushrooms or wines or bugs or whatever…tea must DO something for the drinker in order for him or her to come back, time and again. Am I incorrect?
I love how you’re really prompting us to look at the reasons tea works for us in our lives, and I love seeing what everyone says, it just makes the love for the drink bigger!
It is wonderful to search for answers to what we often do without much thought as to “why?” Sometimes answering why helps us to appreciate the beauty of our next “when.”
First because it was calming after meals when my anxiety would spike, then because it was an alternative to alcohol at the beginning or sobriety, now because of both of those reasons and because it warms my heart. A literal feeling a warmth that moves through your body and hits at the core.
I drink tea for several reasons; the ones that are usually easiest for others to relate to are: I dislike coffee and the affects on my digestive system, I used to drink far too much soda, and I am frequently cold.
I have Crohn’s disease and coffee is just too harsh, especially first thing in the morning, and usually requires me to down a bunch of additional antacids all day long. Usually if I’m out for breakfast with family or friends, I order a coffee, because tea out at a restaurant in America is just awful! Coffee is also easy to over-sweeten and over-whiten, but remain bitter. The caffeine in tea is not as violent as coffee, while still providing an energy boost.
Like several others have said, I used to drink a lot of soda. In an effort to cut down, I tried switching over to water, but even adding natural flavorings – lemon juice, lime juice, crushed mint, muddled cucumber – I just didn’t choose water over a soda when the option was available, and sometimes even when it wasn’t. Then I started taking my own tea to work.
Which leads into the final item that I am frequently cold, especially in the office buildings I have previously worked. A few cups of tea (and a cardigan) would usually keep me warm enough throughout the day to get my work completed.
Now that I’m home most days, tea is easier to fix than going out to the garage pantry for a soda several times a day. I can keep the temperature budget friendly and stay warm with a cup of tea. Going to the kitchen to make a fresh cup or fresh pot of tea also gives me a break from research and writing.
Not always completely understood by “The General Public”: I watch, read, and listen to a ridiculous amount of media about England (Past, Present, Comedy, Mystery, etc). Characters are almost always drinking tea! It becomes almost Pavlovian to go make a cup of tea when the characters in the book do! Silliest reason ever, but there you go.