August 15, 2018
Making a conscious effort to carve out time for ourselves can have an enormous benefit to our overall sense of wellbeing and can help maintain a peaceful mindset. We can often get so caught up in juggling the numerous roles and responsibilities in our lives that we often lose sight of looking after the most important person, which is ourselves.
You deserve the time and space to feel relaxed, nourished and nurtured - to live a life that makes your heart sing, enjoying the things you truly love. Self-care is one of the kindest gestures you can gift yourself with and tea is a beautiful way to begin!
Tea can take you on a sensory journey that can somehow magically shift your awareness into a peaceful state. Have you considered adding tea to your relaxation ritual? Here are some simple ways that the act of drinking tea can accentuate your regular routine and help you enjoy the benefits of relaxation.
Take An Aromatherapy Bath
There’s nothing quite like a sensual aromatherapy bubble bath to relax the body, calm the mind and soothe the soul. Before you step into your next bath, take a moment to brew yourself a warm cup of herbal tea to take with you into the bathroom. I love sipping on Bodhi Organic TranquiliTEA and Bodhi Organic SereniTEA while enjoying a bath. These beautiful tea blends evoke feelings of gentleness and self-kindness.
Adding some pure essential oils into your bath time routine helps alleviate tension and encourages the onset of a peaceful night’s sleep. A few sprays Natural Tranquillity Calm The Mind Mist into your bathroom space is a lovely way to begin. Enjoy the indulgence even further by adding the Sal Remedia Rest Bath Soak infused with the scent of lavender and chamomile. As you soak in the warm water, slowly sip on your tea and enjoy the relaxing sensations that follow.
Read A Book
Whether it’s a cold winter's day or a hot summers night, a flavoursome cup of tea and a good book is always a winning combination. The next time you’re set to curl up on your favourite armchair and indulge in that tantalising new novel, why not add a fresh cup of your favourite tea to the mix to add to your overall experience. Light a candle to further enhance your tea ritual and enjoy the serenity. Immerse yourself in your book as you gently breathe in the enticing scents and feel the warmth hugging your very soul.
Spend Some Time In The Garden
As they say, nature is nurturing for the soul. Sometimes there’s nothing the soul craves more than a balmy afternoon spent outside in the garden listening to the sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling in the breeze. Before you head out, grab yourself a cup of a tasty hot or iced tea and enjoy an afternoon well spent. Allegra & Grace stocks a beautiful range of Floral & Fruit teas that perfectly complement moments enjoyed in the garden. If you don’t have a garden of your own, why not head to your local park. Don’t forget, you can always bring along a thermos full of your favourite brew!
Write In Your Gratitude Journal
The benefits of gratitude are well documented and many people report the practice to be incredibly therapeutic. Consider starting your very own gratitude journal, a place where you can make a conscious effort to note down and celebrate the things in your life that you are grateful for. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost a thing and the benefits are enormous. Set some time aside to write and remember to make yourself a delicious cup of tea to sip on as you contemplate all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.
Listening To Music
Music beautifully sets the tone and atmosphere for a relaxing tea drinking experience. Listening to music is renowned for its calming effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow and quiet classical music. After a busy day at work or when faced with stressful moments, I often tune into my favourite playlists whilst I slowly sip my tea. Musical preference varies widely between people, but here a few of my favourite playlists to help get you started.
Most Relaxing Songs Ever - Melanie Curtin
Erased Tapes Staff Piano Picks - Erased Tapes
One: Tea Lounge Groove - Samovar Tea Lounge
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