As stereotypical as it may be, many of us Brits do like a good cup of tea. There’s just something very comforting about sitting down and taking a few moments to sip and relax. But how about taking things a step further?
If you’re keen to be a little more mindful in everyday life and even start up a regular mindfulness practice – your tea could hold the key.
Setting aside five to 10 minutes a day to mindfully make and enjoy a cup of tea can be your prompt to sit quietly, root yourself in the present and practise mindfulness.
How to make your daily cuppa more mindful:
Choose your tea carefully
Think about how your body and mind are feeling right now. Are you feeling lethargic and in need of a pick-me-up? Are you feeling a bit stressed and want to wind-down? Is your digestive system playing up? Or do you simply want a cup of pure comfort?
Whatever it is you want, pick your tea accordingly (take a look at our herbal tea suggestions).
Embrace the ritual of tea making
Whether you’re steeping a tea bag in hot water or watching leaves unfurl, making tea can be a ritual. Take your time with it, be slow with your movements and be mindful. Take in the sights, smells and sensations as you’re making the tea and be present throughout.
Do nothing else while drinking
Once you have your cup of tea, pick a spot to sit and enjoy it (preferably alone). Avoid scrolling through your phone, watching TV or even flipping through a magazine. Try and take this time to be quiet and present. Focus on your breathing, the warmth of the tea, the aromas coming from the cup, the way the cup feels in your hand.
This is your time to quiet your mind and just be. Whatever storm is swirling around you today, let this moment be calm and still.