A Tea Break Just for Me.
My days can get pretty hectic. Between work and family, I can get pretty over-stimulated. That’s why I like to build in a few breaks for myself throughout the day. Sometimes I take a stretch break and try to work out some of the kinks in my muscles. Sometimes I take a Facebook break and check in with friends.
But my favorite thing is to take a tea break. Whenever possible, I like to have my tea break with a friend, or my husband, but even if it’s just by myself, the ritual of drinking tea relaxes me.
If I’m lucky enough to be alone in the house, I spend my tea break curled up in my favorite chair with a blanket. But, if I have a friend over, or my husband or kids are home, I find it can be just as relaxing to sit down at the kitchen table with my tea and a snack. Even though it’s busy, my kitchen is one of my favorite spots in the house, so sitting there with my “cuppa” is a great way to remind myself that the rest of the world may hum and buzz, but it’s ok for me to stop.
Heating the water, choosing the right tea AND the right cup, all these things combine to create a really perfect moment in an otherwise crazy day. Tea is one of the oldest drinks on Earth, and although the rituals and flavors vary between cultures, they have remained remarkably consistent within those cultures. A Japanese Tea Ceremony today looks remarkably like it would have during the thirteenth century when tea became truly popular in Japan.
Japan isn’t the only country with a tea tradition. Tea is still a very important part of daily life in England, too, and Earl Grey has been one of the most popular flavors for generations. Bergamot is one of the hottest flavors in cooking and drinks today, but it’s been part of Earl Grey tea since 1831, when Twinings classic Earl Grey tea was first blended by Richard Twining.
The flavor came about because Prime Minister Charles Grey asked Twinings to replicate a tea he once received from a Chinese man. To this day Twinings’ Earl Grey boxes are signed by descendants of Charles Grey. Twinings makes a variety of Earl Greys today including Jasmine, Lavender (especially great for relaxing) and Extra Bold (great for those days when you need a little less relaxing and a little more pizazz).
I’m not saying tea doesn’t change at all. Twinings still sells tea from their original shop, but also tea drinkers in more than 115 countries around the world can enjoy 200 varieties of Twinings tea. Twinings was nice enough to provide me with some great items for a tea giveaway.
Leave a comment below with your favorite Twinings tea for a chance to win a giveaway tea pack!
This post is sponsored, but all ideas are my own.