Here’s the thing about suicide; it’s not just a question of psychological depression, there are psychical maladies that can drive us to the point of no return.
Whatever the cause, we’ll often contemplate ending it all when we feel overwhelmed, when our challenges are compounded and everything’s moving too fast. When our heart’s beating so fast our chest feels bruised. When checking our e-mail or snail mail or phone messages makes us physically ill.
Those are the are times that we just need to slow down…
And there’s no better way to do that than with a nice cup of tea.
#86: Tea. (Yes, tea!)
I realize this isn’t the beverage of choice for many of you, to say the very least, but as a recent convert to the bagged beverage I can personally attest to it’s amazing qualities.
I used to drink Coca-Cola by the barrel, but once it began to burn a hole in my stomach? Then I got smart. IBS is more than just one of those magnificent afflictions that’s gained notoriety thanks to television commercials, it’s a way of life for yours truly.
I can’t drink soda or any carbonated beverage anymore. Meat is something that should only be consumed sloooowly and in moderation. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are associated with IBS, so my life is just peachy at times. Stomach aches are my number one issue and I suffered in anything but silence until my wife suggested tea. Well, “suggested” is a bit mild. I think it was either try tea or sleep in the garage – minus my nuts.
So tea it was!
But don’t take my word for it. (I’m a well-known scoundrel.) Do your due diligence on tea. Or just read the bullet points.
- Tea contains antioxidants. (Oxidants get such a bad rap these days.)
- It has less caffeine than coffee. (And you’re less likely to shake like a Kardashian in a library after a few cups of tea.)
- Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. (And if it gives you a chance to pause and catch your breath, suicide.)
- It may help with weight loss. (Especially if you sit home with a pot of tea rather than a few Whoppers or KC.)
- Tea may boost the immune system. (A healthy immune system means a healthier life, which will also reduce the temptation to end your life prematurely.)
And lest we forget, the Brits love their tea. Any beverage that inspires an entire nation of people to set aside a specific block of time each day solely to consume it is pretty kick-ass, in my opinion. Of course, Rednecks will devote every hour of the day to drinking beer if possible, and I’m willing to be that most of them don’t commit suicide – but that’s an entirely different topic.
As for the United Kingdom and it’s residents, all that tea seems to have made the ladies successful actresses and the men (and their accents) are virtually irresistible to women everywhere. British men have made more ladies drop their panties than a gynecologist.
So take a step back, brew that pekoe and just… pause and reflect. Or better yet, just drink and don’t think about anything at all. If my life is any indication, ignorance really is bliss.
See you in the lobby, friends…