Self-Care, Tea and Crafting.
Picture yourself relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea. This is a tea blend you haven’t had before, and you have the time, and the quiet, to enjoy its flavors. Then I want you to add in something you never have time for but always have wanted to try. How about some crafting?
Does this seem pretty far-fetched in your hectic life? There are many benefits attached to crafting and drinking tea! Self-care is a big topic everywhere you look. There are ways you can take care of yourself, and take time for yourself, without having to stress over the when and the where. Let’s touch on self-care first, and then we will talk about the benefits of drinking tea and crafting.
When you search online for “self-care” it pulls up a variety of information. There is physical self-care, and mental self-care. We are talking mostly about mental self-care. One of the top items in every list is relaxation. Crafting and drinking tea highly promote relaxation, even if you can only carve out a 20-minute time frame for yourself. Another item at the top of the list is mindfulness, and another is to drink a cup of tea! Self-care is something that you may need to force on yourself, especially if you are always busy and can never find the time. Schedule yourself time for it…put it in your planner and stick to it! I am sure you have heard of the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t have anything left to give.
Benefits of Drinking Tea
Tea is beneficial in many ways. Depending on the tea you drink, it could help you relax, boost your immune system, and even smooth your digestion. Some teas are filled with antioxidants and may even help with weight loss. Most teas have less caffeine than coffee, making it a drink you can enjoy anytime! Once you start researching the benefits of drinking tea, it is hard to argue that it is a great choice of drinks!
Benefits of Crafting
If you are not a big crafter, you may not know the feeling you get when you complete a project, or the zone you fall into while working diligently on something. Crafting, especially something new and interesting, can be a lot of fun! While you are concentrating on the task at hand you are able to “zone out” and clear your mind of all of your worries. Doesn’t that sound good?
This is called mindfulness. According to the dictionary, mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” Mindfulness can help you be more aware of yourself and your feelings. You will be less overwhelmed, and able to create some organization in the chaos. Crafting allows you to practice mindfulness while you focus on only one activity.
While you are focusing only on the craft at hand, you are bettering your concentration and allowing your self-expression to shine through! The fun thing about crafting is that you can enjoy it just for you, or you can enjoy it and gift your creations to somebody else. It can bring joy all around! Self-care, tea, and crafting all work together to create a peaceful, and enjoyable time.