How British! When we need to deal with stress, we blow off steam… with a cup of tea (while the more extreme of us scream into a pillow!)
When you’ve reached the boiling point from all of life’s problems, it seems like there’s a surefire way to blow off steam: make yourself a cuppa.
Well, a survey has found that sitting down with hot tea is one of our favorite stress remedies.
Listening to music, stretching out in front of the TV, or just finding a space for “quiet time” were also favorites, with the most popular method of all being simply going for a walk.
Some of us opt for more extreme ways to de-stress, like cleaning the house and screaming into a pillow.
The survey found that 90 percent of us feel stressed at some point every day, typically for a total of 41 minutes.
A survey has found that sitting down with hot tea is one of our favorite stress remedies.
As a result, we feel the need to unwind 14 times a week, with Monday afternoon being the most likely time for this to happen.
Three-quarters of Britons said hot drinks such as tea, coffee and hot chocolate help them relax, with 23 per cent voting English tea the most relaxing.
Along with its calming properties, 37 percent said drinking hot beverages also breaks up the day, while 37 percent said it gave them a chance to recharge.
In addition to identifying how we de-stress, the study of 2,000 adults also pinpointed some of the main causes of our frustrations.
Common triggers include a heavy workload (40 percent), personal finances (39 percent), and breaking our belongings (32 percent).
Iain Stuart-Crush, brand director for kitchen appliance brand Breville, who commissioned OnePoll to do the research, said: “Life can be extremely fast-paced and we often don’t find those daily moments to focus on ourselves.”
Tina Stallard of The Mindfulness Project said, “We can use the time it takes for the kettle to boil to check in with ourselves, refocusing our attention on what we might need to support our well-being.”
TOP 25 WAYS WE DISCHARGE STEAM:
1. Go for a walk
2. Listen to music
3. Watch TV
4. Go to a quiet place / enjoy some quiet time
6. Make a cup of tea
7. Put on a movie
8. Take a bath
9. Clean the house
10. Sit down with a hot drink
11. Put the kettle on the fire
12. Walk the dog
13. Go for coffee with a friend
14. Go to the pub
15. Go for a run
16. Book a vacation
17. Go to the gym
18. Take a walk down a quiet street
19. Try to meditate
20. Bake a cake
21. Write our thoughts
22. Practice a sport
23. Do yoga
24. Play with the kids
25. Scream into a pillow