We all have our little tea ritual and reasons for our personal Tea Time.
When I grew up as the middle child from seven kids, tea time was a regular thing. Late afternoon tea was served along with some sandwiches. Mostly it was black tea with milk and sugar or a herbal, peppermint or hibiscus tea. In the hot summer days when we got home from school our mother was already waiting for us with it seemed a gigantic jug of peppermint tea that she had cooled of in the fridge. She rarely let us have pop although we would rather had pop in those days. Today I'm thankful since I never developed the taste or graving for pop, it's still tea to quench that thirst!
Tea Time starts for me everyday with breakfast around 6 am. I love a nice cup steeped with a full-bodied Assam tea along with a slice of my home-baked spelt bread topped with home made jam. Around lunch time I like to sit down with a freshly steeped cup of black tea, and it really doesn't matter which flavour it is but it sure feels really good and I almost feel a bit rejuvenated. I wondered how does it feel to other people. The other day I asked all our team members to share with us what they think why we should make time for tea. This is what everyone shared with me:
Devon wrote: I like to 'make time for tea' to simply relax and unwind. The last few weeks have been very stressful for me and when I need to shut out the negative, I find relaxing with a hot cup of tea calms me down and puts a smile on my face. :) And lets not forget about the health benefits that come along with that cup of tea. I don't know about you, but im going to have myself that cup of tea now. :)
Maggie wrote: 1) Preparing tea can be an act of caring. Whether it's for sharing with friends and family, or all for yourself, it can be a thoughtful reminder to treasure yourself and others.
2) Making time for tea can be a grounding daily habit. When I have a busy and stressful day, it can be comforting to know that my day will end with a soothing and aromatic cup of hot tea.
3) It's important to stay cozy as the season gets colder, and there's not much that's cozier than a spicy mug of tea nestled between one's hands.
Anna-Sophia wrote: Tea can represent many different things to one person..for me when I come home after school/work a cup of tea is just what I need to brighten my day, why wouldn't I take the little time it takes to brew a cup so I can add that happiness to my day. Tea makes me think of sharing, it reminds me of all the family gatherings where all we do is enjoy a hot cup of tea and each others company. Making tea is sometimes my quiet time where I can think unhindered and relaxed or tea accompanies me to bed where it comforts me while I enjoy a book or watch my favorite movie
Angella wrote: Tea has so many uses and is perfect for so many occasions ... depending on the tea, Cream of Earl Grey is a great for a pick-me-up if I'm tired or Rooibos Chai for a relaxer if I'm settling down for the evening with my book.. One of my favorite things is the ritual of tea when you get company. There is something so very calming and satisfying about pre-warming your pot and steeping a wonderful pot of tea to share with your guests. Over the last few years I have also started to turn to tea first for ailments ... Mountain Herbs is fantastic for my allergies and a cold, sometimes I blend it with Ginger Root for the extra immune booster. I have several friends that always ask me about what tea can help with certain ailments or situations. I can't imagine my life without tea
Bethany wrote: For me, its important to make time for tea because it allows you to put a pause on busy, everyday life. We hear from so many people, even doctors, that its very important to take time for yourself. Even if it means only 15min a day. Well for most, its hard to do that. I think its because we don't take it as seriously as we should. We probably think.. "oh whats 15min going to do for me" So we move on, and forget about it. But, actually physically going into the kitchen, putting the kettle on to boil, and making your cup of tea, then sitting down to enjoy it. Maybe with a book, or outside on the deck. It forces you to just pause and be in the now. I also believe its important to share your tea times with family and friends. Coming from Newfoundland, after every dinner, without fail, we would put the kettle on to boil and we end our night at the table with our cup of orange pekoe tea. There was something so special about that. I still carry this with me and get together for tea with my family and friends. It does wonders for my mental health.
Barb wrote: Make time and enjoy the moment Tea Time Relaxing Time. Put your feet up enjoy the moment. Savour the smell and the taste of your delicious cup of tea. Relax with a good book or a great movie. A great end to the day
Josefina wrote: "Make Time for Tea" covers so many aspects in people life: history, sociology, anthropology and psychology ... lol I may sound overboard with this opinion but it's sincerely what I think, besides I really really really like this bamboo travel mug ...
as we all know, one of the classic history about tea time back at the early 19th century when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford 'complained' of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack during the afternoon to fill in before dinner time. Now, have you ever heard about "eating little and often"? this way keeps our metabolism humming, prevents hunger, and controls blood sugar. In other words, many people believe by eating little and often actually we burn calories as we eat.
I personally like this habit from the 7th Duchess of Bedford, because make time for tea with a small healthy snack actually help us to curb our desire to eat lots at the main meal time. How many time (like I do too) we think that we "deserve" to eat a lot because we have been working hard all day?
Sociologically, people need to socialize and interact with other to share their stories of happiness and sorrow ..., and buying 100g of tea to make pots of tea and have friends/family over to have a chat for hours is way more affordable than paying a psychologist or buy some medications (no offense, in some degree indeed we do need a psychologist help and/or medications). So, why make time for tea is important? Get socialized and feel happier. Shy? Don’t worry, do you know that the process of making tea and/or serving tea can be an icebreaker before getting into ‘the’ conversation?
Anthropologically, sense of belonging. How many of us so happy and proud of belong to / carry a certain tea culture can be European or Asian tea culture/tea time/ tea ceremony, or groups like ‘Red Hat Society’ Tea Party etc.
Psychologically, just like others say that making time for tea is like having a break. I couldn’t agree more. Make time for tea to me is make time for T:taking a break; E: evaluation; A: acceptance and appreciation.
If I can summary my thoughts to a shorter phrase about why we should 'make time for tea', because it’s about our well being, body and mind.
There you have it! According to English scientists 'Tea soothes a troubled mind'
Drink more tea, it's good for you!