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When I think about stress, I picture a dense, clinging fog. My busy-life as a wife, mother, and business-owner means that stress is quite inevitable, but I’m really trying to become more intentional about facing stress in my life. There are three simple changes that I’ve made to my daily routine lately that have been so beneficial in easing my stress, and I’m so happy to share them with you today.
My first change is becoming intentional about an afternoon tea break. Since I work from home, it’s easy for me to carve out twenty minutes to enjoy some tea. If your schedule is less flexible, having your tea in the evening would also be great.
Instead of having tea with caffeine, I’ve been opting for naturally caffeine-free herbal teas. My current favorite is Stress Ease Cinnamon from Traditional Medicinals. To mix it up a bit and add an additional layer of flavor, I love creating a blueberry and honey version of this tea. It’s really easy to accomplish!
Place one Traditional Medicinals Stress Ease Cinnamon tea bag in a mug and set aside.
I add about 1/8 cup of fresh, organic blueberries and 1 1/4 cups of water to a small saucepan. Bring the berries and water to a boil and then pour the mixture into your mug, using a strainer to catch the blueberries. Gently press the warm berries into the strainer to get more of the berry-goodness in your cup. You don’t want to miss out on those wonderful antioxidants.
Cover the mug and allow the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Stress Ease Cinnamon tea is lightly sweet and quite delicious. This tea features the leaves, stems, and flowers of skullcap (an herb known to help you de-stress and unwind*) with cinnamon bark and licorice root, which tastes sweet and feels grounding.
This is really a lovely tea on its own, too! I’ve become such a fan of herbal teas lately and I’ve enjoyed learning more about the benefits that specific herbs can help manifest in my health. Traditional Medicinals teas are available at almost every place I buy groceries, or on Amazon if you prefer, so it’s super convenient to stock up.
People have been enjoying herbal teas for centuries, and it’s fun to feel connected to the past through such a simple but meaningful ritual. Have I mentioned how much I look forward to my quiet tea moments? I really, really do.
You know, I’ve found that the process of making my cup of tea is a great way to intentionally pause and relax. In addition to the Stress Ease tea, I’m also in love with Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night blend (which I have before bed) and the yummy and soothing Chamomile with Lavender. Both of these teas also help me feel relaxed and more calm.*
Take that, stress!
I totally recommend that you try treating yourself to a tea break at least once a day. Make the process of brewing your cup of tea extra-special by using a tea kettle (I have a beautiful antique kettle that I love) to heat your water on the stove, and don’t forget to use your favorite mug.
You know, that one mug that you’ve had with you for years, that always makes you smile when you see it!
So, after or during your tea break, my second simple way to ease stress is by practicing some intentional breathing.
You may have an app for this on your phone, but if not, just take 1-2 minutes to focus on your breathing. Slowing inhale and exhale and allow the stress and worry to melt away from your body. This is such a wonderful way to relax and it literally only takes a minute to complete your breathing exercise! I try to do this once or twice every day and I’ve really found that it grounds me and helps me feel refreshed and relaxed.
Finally, while it may seem a little contrary to my relaxation methods above, I also strive to get 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day.
Exercise is really key for me when facing stress. It’s great for my body, mind and spirit to get my blood pumping for at least 30 minutes each day. I find that working out very early in the morning is always a fantastic way to really wake up and get started on the right foot.
Do I always feel eager to exercise? Nope. It’s just one of those things that you have to do over and over again to reap the benefit. I will say that I never regret a workout!
I hope you’ll try following my three simple steps to help ease stress. Do you have any great tips or tricks that you use to combat stress in your daily life? I’d love to hear more in the comments below!:) ❤️
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.