It’s so easy to get swept away in the busyness of our lives. We are constantly striving to achieve — no matter the scope of the goal — and often miss small moments that could bring us joy.
A daily mindfulness practice can help with this, but beginning can be intimidating. I suggest incorporating it in small, enjoyable ways to start. That is why I created this mindful tea break outline for you. Use it the next time you are brewing up and enjoy that cuppa even more than usual.
- As you wait for the kettle, root into your feet. Let your shoulders sink and relax your jaw.
- Take 5-10 deep breaths, feeling your belly and ribcage expand on the inhale and contract on the exhale.
- After the kettle boils, take your time pouring the water. Listen to the sound of the cup filling and feel the warm steam on your hand.
- Watch the water change colours as it brews.
- Add milk, sugar (try oat milk and raw honey for a less refined treat) or whatever you like.
- Find a quiet space. Clear the area of any work, clutter or tech.
- Note the colour and smell. Feel the warmth through the cup as you set it down.
- Take a few more deep breaths while you wait for it cool. If you start to feel a bit twitchy, close your eyes and tune into your breathing. The to-do list can wait.
- Return to your tea and enjoy your first sip. Appreciate the goodness of a well-made cuppa and some quiet time to yourself.
- Take your time to finish. Then return to your day refreshed.