I'm sitting outside this morning. It's a gorgeous day (although a bit humid for my taste), I have a cup of darjeeling #22 next to me, and I can't help but wonder why more people don't do things like this.
Sure, people are starting to drink more tea around the world and I'm excstatic about that. But are they actually getting the true culture and essence of tea drinking? Tea is supposed to be drunk while relaxing. It's supposed to calm the nervous system down and let you unwind; or simply gather your thoughts for the day.
If you don't allow yourself time everyday to relax and unwind with a cup of tea, you're limiting yourself on your capabilities everyday. How is that you say?
Well, stress affects health in a major and negative way, and tea helps to relieve stress. Without your daily cup of tea and relaxation, the stress accumulates in your body. It then affects the way you act, think, sleep, eat, and how your entire body functions.
When you're less stressed, you perform better in any given situation. Muscle reaction time is faster, thinking is clearer, food choices are better, your attitude is improved, and so on.
So make it a point to have at least a cup of tea everyday and let yourself have 10-15 minutes of just "you" time where you can go in a quiet place to relax your body and mind.
As for me, I'm going back inside because it's starting to get uncomfortably hot out here. I think I should have made a nice cold iced tea instead of hot tea :).