Relaxing with Chai + ME Time
I am your typical early riser who has the utmost energy at the wee hours in the morning. I enjoy the calmness and serenity around me when most everyone is asleep. Some people find that weird but I have always been like that and I love it. One of the first things I do after waking up is brew myself a cup of tea. Most days I boil water, patiently wait for the whistling sound, and brew loose leaf tea but I equally adore the convenience of tea bags. I don't even know how my tea drinking habit started, I think it's partly genetic because my parents are always ready for a cup of tea or coffee any time, anywhere.
In my college/internship years, I was addicted to caffeine which is why I had to slowly break away from it and be a tea drinker. And just like that, tea has now become an important part of my lifestyle! Back in August, I received a package from TeaIndia, which made me beyond ecstatic because for a chai lover, there is nothing more exciting than receiving varieties of tea & a cute mug. For some people, chai is just a beverage but for me, it's more than that. It's a lifestyle that intertwines deeply with my day to day activities.
Working a full-time job, being a graduate student, and managing a food blog means wearing different hats, all at the same time. Not to mention, maintaining a social life, time for exercise, and everything else in between sometimes takes a major toll on "ME" time. Don't get me wrong , I love seeing people and working out but some days, I want to shut everything down and have a complete "ME" time with just chai. Lately, I have been drinking different teas sent by TeaIndia and I love all the flavors - masala chai (which I also used for chocolate chai bread), orange pekoe black tea, ginger and cardamom chai. Besides being good for mental health, tea has a ton of other health benefits because it contains polyphenols (catechins and epicatechins) which are linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It also contains antioxidants, virtually no calories/sugar/fats. "ME" time basically means taking time to do something for yourself.
My idea of "ME" time usually means one of two things - going for a long walk on a beautiful day or sitting on a couch with my chai in the evening. That brief moment where everything stops (at least in my head) and I am able to unwind is a MUST for me to balance physical, mental, and emotional health!! Whatever your idea of "ME" time is, I hope you incorporate that into your life because:
- "ME" time means break from work, school, social media! In between trying to constantly juggle 50 things and be a super human, be gentle to your body and brain because they deserve a little rest too. Overworking has become the norm for most of us but let's not forget the negative impacts on your health, happiness and overall quality of life.
- "ME" time allows time to reflect on your day and priorities. Life moves at a crazy speed and it is easy to get sucked into the daily life and forget what's really important. Most days, I enjoy my job but there are days I just want to quit and do something else. "ME" time allows me to think over things rationally and prioritize things that makes sense in my current situation.
- "ME" time helps you become conscious of the present and what's around you. This is an area I have been trying to work on since last year but I have seen very little progress because I have a bad addiction to my phone (read: scrolling, instagram feeds and facebook all the time). Sometimes it does cause arguments with my boyfriend, who avoids social media. I do appreciate him reminding me to enjoy little things around us, be present, and create memories rather than capturing every moment on my phone.
Out of curiosity, I asked some people (my friends, co-workers, family) of different age, gender, culture, soci0-economic background on their idea of "ME" time and here are some of the responses:
any time I am away from human
taking a shower
when kids are in bed
doing housework (cleaning, cooking, redecorating) while listening to podcast
taking a bath with a glass of wine or something stronger
read a book
scroll through facebook
I hope your new year is off to a great start and I hope it only gets better from here!
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