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It’s 2019 and to kick off the year, it’s National Hot Tea Month. The winter season is here which leads me to say what a way to kick off the year – with a nice, warm hot tea. I cannot complain about the cold when I have a hot mug of tea at my side and a list of intentions for the year. My 2019 intentions involve slowing down and being more meaningful with the things that I’m doing.
One way that I’m slowing down is by taking time to unwind and take a break. I find that when I take my moments to relax, I drink hot tea. I’ve been a hot tea drinker since I was a kid where I would take sips of mom’s hot tea. Honestly, I truly adore it.
When it comes to reloading on energy and revitalizing my mood, I tend to turn to a hot cup of tea. For me, tea is everything I need to feel warm and fuzzy. There are many moments when one needs to unwind and take a breather at work or home, and I do that with tea. Whether it’s a midday funk or something to energize me after a busy morning, I’m loyal to my tea.
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You could say that I tea proudly and that Bigelow Tea is my go-to. I find that I favor a good quality tea which is what I found with Bigelow.
I’m excited to be celebrating Hot Tea Month with Bigelow Tea – I’m a Bigelow Tea fan, so this is pretty exciting for me. Bigelow’s Constant Comment Tea has been a staple for my mornings and afternoons this winter season. The cool thing about Bigelow celebrating National Hot Tea Month is that they are sharing new ingredient videos for their teas and hosting weekly giveaways check out this Earl Grey video! They offer a variety alongside the Constant Comment from Earl Grey, Green Tea, Green Tea with Lemon, Cozy Chamomile.
I love to have my hot tea with a small snack – I say small snack in reference to how small the cookies are that I made, not in my intake. I tend to eat a lot of cookies, no matter the circumstances. With Bigelow Teas, I tend to try their different flavors and stock up on them like the Constant Comment, Green Tea, and Earl Grey.
The Constant Comment tea is perfect for a chilly afternoon. If you like to be engulfed by great smells, this tea smells like spices and orange. I find that the smell is my favorite thing about this tea because it just drifts in the air and makes me feel great. The perfect pairing for me and my tea? Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (simple and easy, by the way):
- 3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolates
- 1/2 cup of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
Preheat your oven to 350ºF degrees. Next, melt the butter for 30-50 seconds in your microwave. Don’t let it melt all the way, just soften it. Once butter is soft, add in sugar and beat until it is fluffy. Once it’s fluffy, add in vanilla and egg and mix until they are combined. Don’t beat the egg too much or you won’t have a soft cookie.
Continue to mix in dry ingredients – flour and salt. And, add the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir until they are mixed and form a dough. I like a lot of chocolate so I usually add a bit more than 3/4 of a cup but this is recommended and you don’t want to do too much. Scoop about 2 tablespoon worth onto a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes. Once the cookies meet your standard (I like mine a little soft in the middle so I’m a 10-minute girl), let them cool for 5-10 minutes so you don’t burn the roof of your mouth or your tongue.
Here are some quick tips for you to unwind and slow down while at work.
First and foremost, have a hot cup of tea. I will always choose tea over coffee. It’s better for my soul – totally made that up, but I’m a tea lady. I find that the scents and warmness, help me chill out. As a new mom, tea is really important now. Like I stated before, coffee just gets a person wired while tea is helpful with being mellow. I tend to have a cup of tea every afternoon when I finally get a break and have time between meetings.
If you like great scents, you can invest in essential oil or two. Many people that I know have essential oils at their desk as they help with calming. Lavender is a great scent to keep around if you find yourself stress. I find that essential oils help me with my breathing especially if I’m in a panic as I’m concentrating on the smell and it helps control my breathing. Make sure your job is essential oils friendly, though.
Take a lap
Now, you don’t have to run but take a peaceful lap around your floor and take the stairs to unwind your mind. There have been many times where I have taken some time to myself and took a lap around my building at work. Also, there is nothing wrong with taking a moment just to give your brain a break. You could even get up for a minute and walk to one side of the building and back to your desk – no one is paying attention so don’t let that bother you. Get your steps in.
Listen to a podcast
Sometimes it helps to have something going on that keeps your mind off the things that might be frustrating. I like to suggest podcasts because you get lost in a story or the subject that is being talked about. Your podcast can help by taking your mind off of the things that have your mind wondering. Plus, it gives you a great distraction when you’re panic. Always have a podcast on deck so you can turn to it.
Your wellness should be a priority. Many times when we’re freaking out, we forget to breathe and sometimes, that is the solution. The key to many things is to take deep breaths — pilates, yoga, meditating. Most of the time all you need is a breather, and you shouldn’t deny yourself the chance. Usually, this is one of the few things that you need to calm yourself. Breathe in, breathe out, and relax.
This year, make sure that you take care of yourself. Tea can be the one thing that helps you out. And remember, all the time is the perfect time to grab a mug and sip some tea.
Happy National Hot Tea Month from me and my favorite, Bigelow! What’s your favorite Bigelow? What do you pair with your tea?