Who here feels that life is like being on a hamster wheel? No matter how hard we push ourselves and chase after things, the next job comes along, and we keep going. We are continuously moving from one task to the next, until we fall over from exhaustion.
That is no way to live. I much prefer finding balance.
I don’t like wearing busy as a badge of honour. But sometimes, life is very full, and we need to find ways to keep our sanity, and our wellbeing in check.
I’ve got one trick that helps me bring a little calm into the crazy each day.
For those who know me, my family, friends and colleagues – they know I love tea.
I drink it every day.
I also love coffee. But some days I don’t quite feel up to coffee. However, I rarely miss a day without tea.
Enjoying a cup of tea helps bring a little piece of calm into my day.
Why Does Tea Equal Calm?
For me, having a cup of tea provides an opportunity to stop, sit, and think, or not think, while I sip. It creates a time and space to hit pause on the day.
Even the simple act of sitting for 5, maybe even 10 minutes if I am lucky enough, to peacefully drink a cup of tea helps me slow down. And I don’t know about you, but I love slowing the pace wherever possible.
As we know, life can be really busy.
Finding a healthy habit that is easy, cheap, simple and fuss-free is a must to maintain the balance that we all seek.
Even just thinking about the act of sitting to enjoy a cup of tea brings a wave of calm over me. I can feel my heart rate slowing down. My mind starting to ease.
I guess that is because I have conditioned my mind and body to feel a connection with the thought of drinking tea, given it is a regular part of my daily life.
Does the Type of Tea Matter?
Simple answer – no, it does not.
While I know there are many studies and claims about the health effects of drinking certain types of tea abound, I do not profess to be an expert on such things.
For me, it is the ritual associated with taking the time to purposefully pause that brings me the most benefit.
Having said that, I definitely prefer herbal teas.
Right now, I am enjoying a herbal tea blend that I bought on holiday in Japan. It is branded as a tea that can help with relieving the symptoms of hay fever.
While I am not affected by hay fever, I loved the aroma of the tea leaves when I smelled them in the store, and this is why I chose this blend.
This is why I love herbal teas, the fragrance of some of them can be so calming in itself. Further serving to enhance the soothing effects of the act of taking the time to enjoy a cuppa.
I’m a big fan of using our senses to help change our moods.
For example, I diffuse essential oils to either energize me at the start of the day or to unwind at the close of the day.
Oftentimes I make my tea selection based on the smell of the tea leaves. This is why herbal teas are my go-to each day.
Depending whether I am at home or at work, I usually drink tea in the afternoon.
At work I will sometimes drink tea after lunch as I believe it can aide in digestion. If there are days where I know I have a heavy afternoon of meetings or activities where I need to focus, a post-lunch tea helps my body feel refreshed, re-set and ready to support my mind to get on with those tasks.
When at home, I usually enjoy a pot of tea in the afternoon as an activity in and of itself. This is where I feel the calmest from the tea-drinking experience. That is, when I am actually taking the time, and forming the habit of sitting to relax and unwind, and do little else, other than enjoy the tea and the moment I am in.
After dinner is another time I enjoy tea. Again, I feel it helps with digestion before going to bed, and it is another way to help me wind down and prepare for sleep.
My Most Memorable Tea?
I’ve covered off how tea is part of my every day routine.
Other times when I love, love, love tea is when I am traveling. Being able to experience new teas, in new locations is an experience that I cherish.
My most memorable cup of tea came after a hike in mountains of Canada.
A few years ago, my husband and I had a working holiday in Canada.
A couple of weeks after arriving, we started feeling stressed. We had been busily applying for jobs to settle into our new life, with not much success.
My husband reminded me that we didn’t only come to Canada to work, we also came for an adventure, and to see the beautiful scenery.
We decided to hire a car and drive to Lake Louise for a few days.
Lake Louise is probably one of the most famous lakes in the world. I was really looking forward to standing there, being present, in the most picturesque of locations.
I did a little research about the surrounds and stumbled across a nearby lake, Lake Agnes. What captured me about Lake Agnes was it has a little tea house by the lake with 100 varieties of tea.
The thing is, Lake Agnes is a 3.5 km hike, uphill, above Lake Louise.
I convinced my husband that this hike would be worth it, and we set about early one day to be one of the first customers arriving at the tea house.
My fitness wasn’t all that great, but my interest and excitement were, and this propelled me up the mountain.
When we finally reached the ascent, we were greeted by a quaint log cabin sitting on Lake Agnes, overlooking the valley, and down to Lake Louise. This was another bonus, being able to see Lake Louise from another angle, that I had never imagined.
Entering the cabin, I was excited about pouring over the tea menu. After selecting a herbal blend, we took our position on the deck, overlooking the majestic views.
In that moment, I felt overcome by a wave of emotion. I felt pure joy at being able to experience this time and space. We were on an adventure of a lifetime, starting out a working holiday in Canada. We were in a magnificently beautiful location, relaxing with a cup of tea and a piece of apple cake. I breathed in and out, taking in every bit of that moment that I could.
This is by far, my most memorable cup of tea.
I feel wonderfully emotional and calm, all at the same time, recalling this experience.
My Favourite Cup of Tea?
Easy. The next one.
Bringing Calm to Your Life
Life is busy.
To handle this, and live life confidently, we owe it to ourselves to take care of our body and our mind.
I strongly believe wellbeing is a foundation for confidence.
Feeling moments of peace and calm at regular times can be a wonderful support to help us along the way.
Do you have a favourite habit that brings a daily dose of calm to your life?
What is it? I’d love to know.