It’s 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I am wide awake. Yes, I went to bed around 9 on a Friday night….I was tired from the week….but my biological clock has said, enough sleep, up for the day. So what to do at 4:30 on a Saturday morning? Enjoy the quiet. Write. Drink tea. Sounds like a good start to the weekend to me.
I was introduced to tea when I was in high school by my boyfriend’s (at the time) mother. I remember it was a lemon herbal tea, and I remember liking it. After that, I went to the store, bought a box of herbal tea, and have been a tea drinker ever since. I love coffee, too, as I have shared before, coffee tends to give me the jitters, give me headaches at times, and messes with the pH levels of my body. So, I have been drinking more tea lately.
One of my favorite tea brands is Yogi. I love Yogi tea because it’s like a fortune cookie (which I can no longer enjoy….not complaining, really I’m not). Each Yogi tea bag contains a thought-provoking, inspirational thought. The one that really resonated with me was this one: A relaxed mind is a creative mind.
There is a lot of truth to that simple expression. When I am stressed, tired, or overwhelmed, my entire existence feels emotionally and creatively drained. I do my best writing in the early morning hours. I am most motivated in the morning. In the morning, the weight of the day’s demands have not yet demanded anything from me beyond a chocolate lab needing to go outside. In the morning, it is calm and quiet.
Yet, I belive I can take away more from that simple expression. I need to learn to control the level of stress in my life. Easier said than done. I have learned a few helpful things…sleep, exercise, morning yoga, writing, praying, talking to a good friend, and being mindful of my emotions. For instance, yesterday at work, someone snapped at me. It offended me but not on a mad level, more on an emotional level. I wanted to react, but I did not. I realized this person was stressed and was not snapping at me personally but because she was overwhelmed. So, a later while later, I approached her and simply said, “‘I’m sorry today has been so stressful.”
The mind is a powerful thing. It’s important to keep it clear and focused on the things that matter in life. When my mind is clear, I can keep my perspective on the things that truly matter. Food issues become trivial. Work drama can stay at work and not travel home with me in my mind. So, today I am choosing to focus my mind on what matters most to me.