#have a cup of tea
I have discovered that as the seasons change, so too do my practices for managing stress. In the colder months, I like to sit with a cup of tea, usually after supper. The ritual of making the tea, boiling the kettle, selecting my tea, and letting it steep is the start of a slowing down process. Then, sitting on the couch with my hands wrapped around the cup, I sink into mindfulness: noticing how the cup warms my hands, watching the steam rise, listening to the sounds of my family going about their business around me, feeling the warmth of the tea in my belly. I do a slow body scan, letting my focus linger on areas of tension, breathing into that spot to see if something will release. I check-in with my thoughts and do my best to let go of lingering ruminations and intentionally encourage the stress of the day to melt away.
As a bonus, a cup of tea after a meal can serve as a digestive aid or to satisfy a craving for a little something sweet. If you are looking for a digestive aid, teas with ginger, mint and/or fennel are especially effective. My favourite is President's Choice Feeling Soothed, a mixture of all three. If you're looking for something that feels more like dessert, my go to is President's Choice Chocolatey Chai or one of the many decadent options from DavidsTea like Cardamom French Toast, Chocolate Macaroon, Vanilla Cappuccino, Maple Syrup Oolong, or Cookie Dough. 😋
I'd love to know, do your stress management practices change with the seasons? Do you have a favourite tea?