People around the world are adjusting to a new normal as the coronavirus pandemic upends lives. This pandemic has forced employees to work from home as well as children to do schooling from home. With a new normal in place, it might be difficult for you to create a routine or balance in your day to day life. However, we want to share that your favorite beverage can help. You may have had a tea ritual long before the shelter-in-place order, but for those that don’t, we want to give you a few tips on how you can add a moment of zen and balance to your at home life.
Make Some Time
When we say time, we mean “quali-tea” time to your day.
As weird as these times have been, one benefit, is that it has allowed us to stop when we used to be accustomed to always go, go, going. Tea has the same effect as it allows us to take a moment to put on the brakes. But what time of day you want to hit the brakes is up to you.
Some people designate their tea time in the morning. Think of it as a calm before the storm type of time. Before work gets started and the stress tries to interrupt your happiness, you can set some time for yourself to inhale the day. And if you are worried about getting your morning boost of energy, you can still get a boost of caffeine from tea. Switch out your morning cup of coffee for a warm, energizing cup of black tea.
Others set some time during the evening as a midday pick-me-up. If you’re feeling a little sluggish after lunch, a green tea would be a great option to keep you up and at 'em.
Another option is a night-time tea ritual right before you go to bed. If you are the type to suffer from insomnia, tea can be used as a great sleep aid. For centuries, herbal teas have been used around the world as natural sleep remedies as it allows you to wind down. A herb that is excellent for sleep is chamomile.
Make Some Space
This is important as you not only want to create a physical space, but a mindful space as well. It can involve creating space for meditation, reflection, prayer, reading, writing, or anything else you’d like to have room for in your life. In terms of physical space, a sacred space that takes advantage of the quiet and beautiful light of the mornings is ideal. Outdoors, indoors, the choice is yours.
Make Some Tea
Now that you have set aside the time and place, it’s now time to make some tea. It’s not about what tea you make in a ritual, but more importantly, how you make it. Remember that a ritual is not the same as a routine. Routines are full of mundane tasks that you can do sometimes without even thinking. A ritual takes on a meaning beyond getting a task completed. Rather, the focus is on the process of the task or an appreciation of its benefit. When you are making and sipping tea, it’s the mental acknowledgement for this time. You can focus on how great the taste is, or use it as a time to meditate and reflect.
Overall, you want to make sure you create rituals that work for you, that support and nourish you, that make you feel happy. It’s ok to experiment as well. Like with most wellness habits, it takes time to work your way through your new ritual to find what you like and what works. Experiment with a few rituals until you find something doable and meaningful.
We hope that these ritual tips help you make these uncertain times more manageable. To explore some of our options, visit our website at www.premiumsteap.com.