Why tea? Take a moment to have a break and a cup of tea… Tea is that quintessentially British drink, and has long been called “the cup that cheers”. Tea for Tinnitus is hoping that tea will do more, encouraging you to relax, talk with friends – and raise awareness of the British Tinnitus Association. Boosting your mood In some people, tinnitus can affect how you feel mentally and also how well you can focus on tasks. Drinking tea – the usual everyday kind, has been shown to improve mood, concentration and performance. And relax … Learning to relax properly is one of the best things you can do to help manage your tinnitus effectively. And what’s more relaxing than sitting down with a cuppa? Well, sitting down with a steaming mug of herbal tea! Here are some teas you might like to try: Black tea: is the name of the type of tea used in blends such as breakfast tea and Earl Grey tea Camomile: reduces anxiety, relaxes nerves and muscles and aids sleep Lavender: induces calms and increases the sense of wellbeing Valerian: also helps achieve a sense of well-being, with a sweet and slightly bitter aroma and flavour Lemon balm: causes a relaxing effect, and is good for reducing stress and aiding sleep Talking it through It can often be helpful to talk to someone about your tinnitus and how it makes you feel. Friends and families can offer reassurance and support. Tea for Tinnitus will also give you the opportunity to talk about your tinnitus to people who may not even be aware you have the condition – but who will be understanding and caring when they find out. But isn’t caffeine bad for tinnitus? Caffeine in tea is the ingredient which helps improve your concentration. Some people worry that caffeine can make their tinnitus worse, but a recent study has shown that caffeine isn’t linked to causing tinnitus, and that the side effects of stopping drinking tea or coffee could actually worsen tinnitus. So, put the kettle on and make a cuppa to celebrate! Teas to aid sleep As mentioned above teas like camomile, valerian and lemon are naturally caffeine-free choices that can help you drift off to sleep. Getting a good night's sleep is easier said than done, but certain herbal tea blends can help our bodies to calm down in preparation for sleep. Please get involved If you would like to get involved and support us through holding a Tea for Tinnitus party, you can request your free fundraising pack below. REQUEST YOUR FUNDRAISING PACK HERE You can also click these links to: Download resources Pay your money in Find out more Contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.