During my two-week break from school, I was advised by my doctor to rid of my worries for a bit because it was making matters worst. Looking back, it seemed so difficult for me to stop overthinking and overanalyzing every single thing. All that stress and of course, all the idle hours at home gave me splitting headaches. I had to find a way to calm down somehow, and I found solace in Twinings Pure Peppermint Tea.
My mother looked at me warily the moment I took this from the shelf while we were at the grocery. I was never a tea-drinker, well, not unless you count milk tea. Everyone close to me knows I have a milk tea addiction. Going back, I was pretty unsure about my choice as well. You see, I Googled teas that were best for anxiety and peppermint was one of them. It was the only one from the list that I found that was available, so I thought, "There's no turning back now."
I opened the box the moment I reached home and the strong smell of peppermint invaded my nostrils. With that, I was pretty sure that I was gonna suffer. My mother predicted that I'd end up not finishing the whole box, but lo and behold, I've never missed a day without drinking this tea since I bought it. It's become a habit, a morning ritual and perhaps, even a date.
You might be wondering why I'd call it a date since dates usually involve at least two people. Well, as you can see, I drink my peppermint tea while reading the Daily Gospel 2013. I guess 9'o'clock doesn't just stand as the time when I grab a cup of tea between meals because it's also my date with God. I'm sure most religious people know that we run to our God in times of hardships. I guess that's what I did. I reflected on the verses and sipped tea in between to calm my overworked mind.
If you noticed in the photo above, I like my tea light. That way, I don't need to add sugar. I was also suffering from a bad case of insomnia, so sugar wasn't going to help me at all. I read a review on Twinings Pure Peppermint Tea that it's disappointing because the taste of peppermint isn't strong enough. It isn't, actually. For me, that isn't a bad thing since an overwhelmingly minty tea would just make me feel sicker than I already was. I guess it just depends on preference. As for me, I'm pretty satisfied with Twinings.
Another part of this morning ritual of mine is the Sun. As per my doctor's advice, I had to "get the sunlight" for at least 10 minutes to cheer me up. The first time he told me this, I thought he was crazy. After a week or so of doing so, I think it actually helped. It's actually healthy to get a little sunlight, you know.
How about you? Do you have a morning routine?
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