I spent a big chunk of this year waking up every morning with a heavy feeling on my chest and a dull linger of self doubt and anxiety.
The first thing I would do when my eyes opened was grab my phone off charge and begin scrolling through social media. An hour later, I would feel more anxious, less motivated and completely disconnected from myself and everyone around me.
I knew that I needed to change something, in order to change the way that I felt, so I asked for some help and guidance from coaches and teachers and formed a new morning ritual/routine.
My alarm goes off at the same time each morning, I throw on my dressing gown, before popping the kettle on to make my perfect brew (English breakfast, drop of oat milk, with one sweetener).
I read for 10 minutes while enjoying my cuppa (currently reading The Power of Now), before journaling 4 things I’m grateful for, writing my to do list for the day and rounding up with doing 10 minutes of meditation.
2 months on, I’m feeling calmer, more confident in myself and as though I have more clarity in my life and what I want to do.
I could just leave it at that, but me being me, I wanted to understand how doing something so simple, could have such a huge affect on me, so I dug a little deeper and researched further into it.
I came across some articles written by the Tea Advisory Panel, who conducted their most recent research on how Tea and a certain meditation technique name ‘Sophrology’ can help us achieve better harmony and health.
I personally hadn’t heard of Sophrology before, but apparently it’s going to be the next big trend in the wellness space. To help explain it better than I ever could, I have stolen and exert from Dominique Antiglio, author of the best-selling book “The Life Changing Power of Sophrology”. She explains it as
“The daily practice is achieved through a unique combination of relaxation, breathing, gentle movement and visualisation. The practice is easy enough to be incorporated in daily life because it doesn’t need any special equipment or a long time – a few minutes as you wake up or at the office is a good start for the method. The goal is not just to bring a focus to the five body systems but to develop a deeper awareness of our body in consciousness, and to use it to unlock harmony between body, mind and soul.’’
So of course I found some practices on Youtube and gave it a try. Verdict? I loved it! My personal view on it is that it’s AMAZING for those who struggle with ‘switching off’ during meditation, as it’s a guided and more active form of meditation.
While Sophrology works through the mindfulness of the 5 body systems to relax and create space, I can also think of certain teas we attend to when craving a certain outcome.
Do you relate to these?
Black tea= Calmness, connectedness, ‘feels like home’
Peppermint tea= When the bloat is REAL, my go to to soothe and ease.
Chamomile= When it’s time for bed but your minds got other plans
Kambucha= When you want to feel like the goddess of health and feed your gut with the good stuff
See graphic below for some facts and exercises around the connectedness of tea and sophrology for different areas of the body.
So on my mission to figure out how something simple made such a drastic impact on my sense of inner calm, I have found a new meditation technique and an excuse behind my healthy addiction with drink endless cups of tea! Winning!