Ideas for self care: 6 reasons why you should include tea in your self care routine
The practice of self care has become increasingly popular in the past few years. With our days being busier and being constantly filled with information, self care has become an important way of slowing and being still.
Creating a self care practice can seem daunting and time consuming. A quick google of “self care activities” will result in suggestions like bubble baths and long walks. But with a busy schedule it’s understandable if you don’t have to be running a bath everyday after work.
That’s why we love to include tea in our self care routine not only is it super tasty but it is also easy to do and doesn’t break the bank.
What is self care:
Self care is any activity which looks after your mental, emotional and physical well-being. It is about prioritizing your own self care and setting aside time to do it. It allows you to refuel and re energise both your mind and body. If you don’t look after your mind and body eventually you will feel the effects.
Self care doesn’t need to be complicated or overly lavish. It’s simply about creating time in your schedule to be with yourself and check in mentally, emotionally and physically.
Why you should include in your self care routine:
1. Tea for your health self-care routine
Tea has various health benefits associated with it. It has been consumed for centuries to help with anxiety, insomnia and concentration. Other health benefits include:
- It naturally contains polyphenols or flavonoids. These act as antioxidants in the body, helping the body to fight off harmful cells.
- Some herbal teas are caffeine free. Making them perfect for helping with sleep and anxiety
- Tea can help to keep your heart healthy. Experts believe that the polyphenols contained in tea can help to keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases
2. Tea for your emotional self-care routine
The art of making tea is a process of stillness and mindfulness. For years, tea has been used in tea ceremonies to slow down. Preparing tea gives us a moment to be still and anchored in the present moment.
Creating our own tea ritual allows us to practice emotional self care. It allows us to focus internally and to reconnect with our emotional side. Focusing on the present moment while preparing the tea, gives us the space to breathe and feel.
While preparing our tea, we also love to use positive affirmations to create a positive mindset and focus us on the present moment. Here’s some of our favourite affirmations:
- I am anchored in the present moment
- I am present. I am safe. I am guided
- I allow the past and future to fall away and focus on the present moment
- I focus on the sound of the kettle as it boils. I focus on feeling the tea leaves. I focus on really tasting the tea
3. Tea for your mental self care routine
Have you ever had a coffee before starting your self care routine? And then find your mind racing 100 miles an hour while trying to concentrate.
Herbal teas such as Chamomile or Ginger tea are caffeine free. They are full of flavour and health but don’t send your mind racing. They’re great to have while tending your mental health self care like reading a book or completing a crossword.
4. Tea for practical self-care
Have you got a long “to-do” list filled with admin tasks? Maybe you’ve been avoiding it because it’s stressing you.
Chamomile tea naturally acts as a muscle relaxant due its unique properties. It has been used to help relax anxiety and stress for centuries. Next time you’re feeling stressed out about your “to-do” list why not prepare a Chamomile tea.
5. Tea for physical self-care
Physical self care involves looking after your body. Walking and running are probably two of the most popular ways to practice physical self-care. But did you know that sleep is just as important for your physical self-care. Sleep is important for numerous reasons including letting our bodies repair themselves and letting our brains relax.
Today our minds are constantly active from all the information that we can get at once. It can be hard to shut down for a good night’s sleep. With thoughts racing through our mind, we end up not getting enough sleep.
Chamomile tea has been found to induce sleep in patients and also create a sense of calm. Making it a great addition to your physical self-care routine.
6. Tea for your social self-care
Tea offers both a moment to be still with yourself but also a chance to bring people together. In fact, tea ceremonies are focused on bringing people together to experience stillness as one.
One way we love to use tea in our social self-care is by having a tea party with our friends. There is something special and unique about having a cup of tea with a friend. The process of preparing the tea and drinking it together leads to great conversations and also moments of stillness.
Self care is important in our ever busier world. Scheduling time to relax and unwind can seem impossible. But with a simple cup of tea you can practice your self care without needing hours of time or buckets of cash. Tea is great for both your physical and mental well-being. It allows us to take a moment to slow down and be present but also offers health benefits.
Next time you’re planning out your self care routine, don’t forget to include a cup of tea.