Yesterday I stopped by the organic grocery store, (that my husband swears smells like dirt), and picked up a small box of herbal tea. I’m not a tea connoisseur so I can’t tell you whether I made the best choice for my dollar or whether I would’ve liked another flavor better. What I can tell you is that this simple box of tea has radically altered my mood over the past two days.
After wasting nearly 6 hours on the phone with Comcast technicians yesterday I was angry, stressed, up-tight and generally very pissed off. In fact I was so worked up that I didn’t walk after my work day was over or even help my husband make dinner. No, I just turned on the TV and stared blankly at it.
It is amazing how something so small in the big scheme of life can be so frustrating. I’ve been through some very significant events in my life and I certainly shouldn’t have been so upset and bothered by something so inconsequential and unimportant. Yet there I found myself, hot and bothered and sulking on the couch, staring at a prerecorded episode of ‘The Next Food Network Star.’
After five minutes in TV land I walked into the kitchen, popped a mug into the microwave and made myself a cup of tea. I chose the largest mug in the cupboard and I filled it to the brim with water, so I had to walk unbelievably slowly from the kitchen back into the living room.
Of course, it was way too hot to drink right away, so I gently blew on top of the water to cool it down. I stopped. I paused. I was taken aback by the feeling that this was the first time I’d exhaled all afternoon. I turned off the television and continued to slowly and carefully sip my tea. In that tiny moment in time I felt my entire body relax.
It was such an enjoyable experience that I brought a tea bag to work with me this morning. In that chaotic time just after lunch and in between a bunch of meetings I poured myself another large mug full of tea. As I sat on a conference call with my headset on, multiple coworkers talking and a bunch of files open on my computer, I put my phone on mute and began to blow on my very hot cup of tea. Within seconds I was completely relaxed and at ease.
I fully intend to keep a box of tea at work and at home to see if this feeling will persist over time. Who knew that five minutes of sipping a glass of water made with a 20 cent tea bag could so radically alter my mood?