Anyone who spends their days glued to the computer, like I do, will know maintaining a balanced energy level throughout the day can be a bit of a challenge. As a blogger, I work from home, which means distractions galore and a cosy bed which attempts to lure me back to it for ‘quick naps’ each time my energy starts to wane. To battle fatigue and nap time procrastinations, while adding a little excitement, I’ve developed a bit of a tea wellness routine which breaks up my day in a healthy way.
I use tea like a security blanket—or sword, I guess—against stress, which I’m prone to bubbles (and sometimes boils) of. My middle sister is a yoga teacher, osteopath, and masseuse and has long been an advocate of having a tea time routine. Developing tea habits helps ensure you’re hydrating yourself, and also promotes healthy breaks away from the dreaded computer screen. The specific teas I’ve chosen for my routine are half based on nostalgia and half based on health, but I’ve come accustomed to the comforts and balance they bring.
Leotie Lovely‘s Tea Routine
[7 A.M.] BREAKFAST BLEND
I’m not a morning person in the slightest so it takes me a bit of time to come to. I like to wake up with a milky cup of Numi’s Breakfast Blend in bed, as it has just the right amount of caffeine to coax me out of my coma, but not so much that I get the jitters. If it is a weekday, I’ll check emails and social media interactions from the comforts of my cocoon, and if it is a weekend, I might lounge a little longer with a book, podcast, or TED talk before I rise.
[9 A.M.] CHAI TEA SMOOTHIE
After meditating, exercising, showering, I’ll make up a light breakfast which normally includes a smoothie of some sort. My current favourite is a Chai Tea Smoothie which I make using Numi’s Golden Chai Tea and seasonal fruits (click here for the recipe!). It’s at this point, armed with said smoothie, that I’ll first face my computer, a feat somehow more manageable with this sweet and spicy smoothie by my side.
[11 A.M.] MOROCCAN MINT
My first computer break is about two hours in and I’ll usually jump up and make a big pot of Numi’s Moroccan Mint tea in celebration of the occasion. If I’m craving something sweet, I’ll add a bit of sugar (or honey / agave syrup) like they do in Morocco and pour the tea back and forth between the pot and cup to infuse the taste of the two. Most often though, I just leave it sugar-free and will drink it hot or cold throughout the day. I try to get outside and run an errand at this point, or I’ll read a poem or two (usually Jack Prevert’s Paroles, which helps me keep my French alive while I hermit indoors writing in English!).
[1 P.M] CHOCOLATE PU-ERH TEA
Lunch always leads to a bit of a energy lull, so I’ll usually prolong my lunch break a bit with a ‘treat,’ which for me is Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh Tea. It doesn’t actually taste like chocolate when you sip it, but does when you swallow, which is quite exciting and perhaps a bit confusing for my taste buds. I usually use my lunch break to catch up with my husfriend and reset the house a bit (when you’re a couple working from home it gets messy in no time).
[3 P.M] MORE MOROCCAN MINT
My afternoon break is usually shorter as this is the point I feel like I’m racing against time to get my ‘to-do list’ done. I usually still have quite a lot of the Moroccan Mint tea I made in the morning to keep me going, so I’ll drink it cold with a few ice cubes and take a break from the computer long enough to make a snack and have a quick stretch!
[8 P.M] ROOIBOS CHAI
I usually lay off the tea after my final Moroccan Mint binge and try to begin winding down and finish working by 8 P.M. Sometime between the end of work and getting into bed, I’ll make a pot of Numi’s Rooibos Chai and read a book, draw, paint, play music, or watch something on Netflix while I enjoy it before crawling into bed ready to reset for the next day.
How does tea play into your daily wellness routine?