September is Mental Health Awareness month. The theme this month from the National Alliance of Mental Illness is “You are not alone”. Here at Shoals Coffee Co we want to stress this as well - “You are not alone” because the Shoals is a place that thrives on families and friends.
Maybe you haven't found your people yet. Where can you start? A cup of coffee is one great way to connect. Promoting personal community as well as "the Shoals" community is close to our hearts here at Shoals Coffee Co. We also promote helping others which has been shown by studies to be a way we can also help ourselves. Did you know giving behaviors increase the feel good chemicals of dopamine and oxytocin? You will enjoy even more then, the knowledge that every purchase of Shoals Coffee Co invests back in the Shoals community as well as in the lives and families of women who work on the farms around the world where we purchase our beans. And you don't have to look very far to find some great people and organizations in the Shoals that love to serve and give back to our community.
A cup of coffee and conversation not only builds community, but 2 to 4 cups of coffee per day have also been shown to boost dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline production. The antioxidants in coffee provide additional health benefits too. So it's definitely fair to say that sharing a cup of coffee boosts both your mental and physical health.
Grab a Cup of Coffee
If you feel alone we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee and reach out to someone. Engage in conversation. Find a friend or if needed, be a friend. If you need a place to find community Shoals Coffee Co coffee is served at We Are Chapel, or you can also visit one of our partner stores The Rock 310, Sugarbakers, Alabama Bliss, and Bloom Winery. We know you'll find not only great coffee but some great people in these places.