When I was growing up, my mom always drank tea. Of course she always drank coffee as well (I’m convinced that is why I love coffee so much), but I remember a lot of tea drinking.
We would go to visit family friends most Sundays after church, and I remember the kids all playing and the adults all sitting around the table drinking tea.
Is my mom the only one who carried tea around in her purse? Actually, this is something else I have inherited from my mom, I always have tea in my purse…
As we move to the colder months, I think more about tea. Like I said above, I am a coffee drinker, but during the winter I start to drink tea all day long.
Tea is such a comforting drink. There are so many different kinds and flavors, and I especially love the herbal teas and their health benefits.
One simple pleasure is to sit in the evenings and have a cup of chamomile tea with a splash of whole milk. It helps me to relax in the evening.
After a long day at the office, or with your kids, having some time to unwind is important, and incorporating tea into that evening routine can be a treat.
There are so many different teas available, and you can find something for pretty much any mood. I love peppermint, and chamomile, like I said before. I also love Rooibos tea. A little milk and honey makes it taste amazing, and even my kids will get into drinking tea in the winter.
How does this translate to self-care?
I have always thought that drinking tea makes you slow down a bit. You have to wait for the kettle to boil the water, and then wait for the tea to steep and be ready for drinking. It can be a wonderfully relaxing time at the end of the day.
Even if I am completely frazzled, drinking some hot tea typically calms my nerves and lets me center myself again.
It is perfect to have tea and meditate, write in a gratitude journal, sit in quiet (after the kids go to bed), and reflect on your day.
Are you a tea drinker? What is your favorite tea?