Recently, I did a Google search on how long will this pandemic last, and I think it was Bloomberg that predicted that it could be 7 years before the world recovers completely.
There were a number of factors that were taken into account, of course, and it’s only an educated guess. But it hit me hard, nonetheless!
We are likely to need stress relief, and hygge rituals more than ever. Self care practices and other ideas for self care.
And that’s what I hope to offer here until this horrible mess is over!
Hopefully, my posts will be of service to you and those you care about, as we all navigate this new normal during these next few years. I propose we have tea as a daily faithful self care companion.
This post was inspired by an earlier version posted on April 4th, 2018.
Finding time to break away to meditate and drink tea has helped me bear the stress and strain of daily obligations. - Donna Feldman, Tea Here Now.
Tea Benefits: Less Stress, More Calm & More Focus
The beauty of tea is that it is likely both to calm you and to help you focus more clearly on whatever you happen to be doing at the time.
One reason tea can do so is l theanine, an amino acid that is like a comforting companion in your tea cup.
It is said to help to lessen stress and to ease anxiety. It also can help to alleviate insomnia.
And in tea, it occurs with caffeine, so they work in synergy. Because that's true, it also helps you get better at paying attention, processing information and focusing on what matters to you.
When might that be helpful to you?
In the morning, when you are not yet fully alert, tea might help you think more clearly about what you need to do and about where everything is.
When you are having conversations with those you love, and they are going to notice whether or not you have been paying attention, a cup of tea may help you focus on what they are telling you. And if what you are hearing is stressful, that cup of tea may help you stay calm.
If you are working at home right now, a pot of tea may help you get your work done faster. It also might help you switch your focus back and forth between your work and your child’s school work.
In a Zoom meeting? That cup of tea might help you keep track of who said what and what exactly you need to remember after the call is over.
But what if everything I just mentioned, plus more, happened in the same day? An afternoon tea break, in the middle of all that action, might really help you restore your energy.
I’d switch from a highly caffeinated black tea or a matcha tea, to an oolong or a white tea, though, so you’re not staring at the ceiling later, wondering why you can’t sleep.
And speaking of sleep, having a soothing cup of tea as part of your evening routine is likely to help you wind down more easily and have a better night's sleep.
Try this Brief Guided Meditation:
Hi, I'm Jeanine
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