Hey there Teacups! We’re getting so close to Christmas now aren’t we? I can’t believe how fast December has gone this year I feel like only just started this series and now it’s almost time to finish it again. I apologise for having to take another break from posting yesterday and push the end date of the series back another day to Christmas day, juggling life with a chronic illness, Christmas craziness and content creation has proven to be harder for me than I imagined it would have been going into this month and time just got away from me yesterday and I was feeling so burnt out by the time I got to sit down, finishing off day 9 of Teamas just wasn’t on the cards.
So I figured it best to just take a break, however from here on out everything should go on as planned. Fittingly the topic of today’s post fits well with what I’ve been dealing with recently so I can tell you all first hand how I have been using tea to avoid getting overly burnt out this holiday season (and well all year round really).
Today’s featured tea from Chariteas is there Timberline Morning. This is an organically produced black tea sourced from a family farm in Song Yang county in the coastal Province of Zhejiang. This organically grown tea is named for the high elevation at which it is grown, on a mountain farm that’s surrounded by temples, terraces, and beautiful rural villages. Timberline Morning is best enjoyed hot when the weather is cool and brisk.
Throughout this year I have found that tea really has been my saving grace when it comes to trying to managing my stress levels and making sure I don’t get burnt out. Ideally my favourite ways to stress-bust using tea are to do a gongfu session with a pure tea and try and make it last as long as possible with some relaxing music or something creative, or to prepare matcha traditionally in my chawan, trying my best to follow as many steps of the traditional tea ceremony as I can from my house with the minimal matcha teaware I have. These I find are the most effective ways for me to fully relax, let go of all my stresses and worries and wind down. But, due to having to navigate life with a chronic illness I’m not always well enough to do these two things, which definitely does make me quite sad but it makes the times when I can do them even more enjoyable and worthwhile.
If you want to know more about why I love gongfu style brewing so much head to this in depth post I wrote all about it for Tea Together Tuesday a few months ago! It covers everything I love about it and teaches you about how it get into it if you are new as well. The best thing about it is that not only does it allow you to let go of everything stressing you out or weighing you down, but it also allows you to enjoy pure teas and every aspect of them. It’s it truly one of the best ways you can enjoy pure teas in their entirety.
If like me because of either health reasons or time constraints you can’t sit and do a gongfu session or pour yourself into the tradition of matcha then don’t worry, you are not out of options. For me even preparing tea grandpa style or any kind of western brewing is still relaxing because tea from start of finish, no matter the way you choose to prepare it, is a complete experience that pulls you in and allows you to disconnect from the world around, even if it is just for a few minutes. If you choose / are able to just to focus on the tea for those minutes and experience it I promise just those few minutes in the day over time will help to stop you from getting too burnt out.
This Christmas especially its going to be really important to take time for ourselves and make sure we don’t get too burnt out emotionally, physically and mentally. Even if you know you will be busy I urge you to set just a few point in your day aside where you can prepare yourself a cup of tea and have that tea be your only focus, so you can free your mind and relax, let the tension out of your shoulders and the stress, worries and anxiety out of your mind. I’ll be doing the exact same thing, I might not even get time to prepare loose leaf and because my health will most likely flare up I’ll probably have bagged tea but those moment of solace will help me and I promise you they will help you as well. So just promise me you’ll give it a go and let me know how it goes once Christmas has passed… Okay?
Just a quick note on today’s featured tea! Definitely would have loved to have prepared it gongfu style but western style works. I had it both hot and cold brewed and really enjoyed both.. Its malty but definitely on the lighter side with subtle nutty note, a woodiness and reminded me a lot of a light golden monkey. OTR:4.9/5
If you want to find out more about Chariteas and purchase today’s featured tea you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again tomorrow. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*the tea featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of this series. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*