A cup of tea: the answer to all life’s problems


I should do some writing, I thought, but first a cup of tea to get me in the right mood. As I went to make my cup of tea, I realised that “a cup of tea” is my answer to almost everything.

Any time I am feeling a lack of motivation to start something, I have a cup of tea.

When I’m feeling sad for no reason, I have a cup of tea.

When I’m feeling sad for a specific reason, I have a cup of tea.

When I’m cold, I have a cup of tea.

When I’ve got a cold, I have a cup of tea.

When I’m worrying and need to clear my head, I have a cup of tea.

Basically, when anything at all is wrong or making me unhappy, the answer is always to have a cup of tea. Is in the English in me? I know that when I lived at home, and when I go back to visit now, it’s always “I’m making tea, do you want tea?” about four or five times a day. I stayed with English family friends in The Netherlands who took tea drinking to a new level, every half hour or so the kettle was boiling for another brew of tea.

However it’s not only the drinking of the tea that provides comfort. I can’t count how many times I’ve made a cup of tea and forgotten it, letting it get cold and lonely, leaving me feeling like a terrible person for neglecting it. In this case merely the action of making the tea gives me the motivation to complete my task, so much so that I forget about the tea altogether.

I’m never one to say no to a cup of tea. From my extensive watching of crime shows and reading of crime fiction set in the UK, I learned that the answer to the murder of a family member is also “have a cup of tea.” It seems ingrained into the British psyche, that everything can be fixed with a cup of tea, and if not fixed, at least made a bit less awful.

I like my black tea brewed strong, with milk, no sugar. In my uni days I flatted with a bunch of lovely ladies who also enjoyed multiple cups of tea a day, so I learned to accept and even appreciate my tea all kinds of ways. I had a friend who made them milky, a friend who added sugar and a friend who left the teabag in when they poured in the milk (this one I didn’t appreciate). I also drink coffee, in fact I love coffee. But it doesn’t bring the same comfort that a mug of steaming hot tea does, the same warmth and feeling of safety.

For me, I find that a cup of tea really does solve problems, and if it doesn’t manage to solve them, it at least makes them easier to deal with. So if you’re not a regular tea drinker, the next time you have something to work out or a worry on your mind, have a cup of tea. I bet it will help.

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6 Responses

  1. pinkiebag says:

    It’s amazing what a nice cup of tea can do 😊☕️.

  2. Mary says:

    I definitely agree with you that drinking a warm up can improve your mood, especially when the weather gets colder! I am having a cup as I write this comment to you (^▽^)

  3. kei says:

    I love tea! It really does help any problem you may have. I absolutely can’t stand coffee, but tea is my favorite and my best!

  4. Michael Outis says:

    Chemically, tea had both stimulants and a muscle relaxant.
    I’m always surprised to people in British crime dramas offer tea to
    Police detectives who come to their homes to investigate a crime.

    • Interesting! I never really thought about that. For me it always has a calming and thought-collecting effect, but in Britain I guess it’s also a reflex to always offer a cup of tea :p

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