Self Care Pledge Week 4: Mental Health & Happiness

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After learning useful ways to handle stress, creating good habits for restful sleep and energy, and exploring the importance of healthy eating, we move on to our final self care topic: Mental Health & Happiness.

Here are some of our favorite self care actions that can make a big difference in staying positive, focusing on your goals, and overcoming life’s challenges, large and small.

Mental Health & Happiness:

  • Write down one thing you’re grateful for in your life, and place the paper somewhere you’ll see every day. We often forget to appreciate the things we have during times of stress and chaos and having this list handy can be a quick way to remind yourself of the important things in your life.
  • Try yoga poses for relaxation and meditation. Have you ever tried pairing yoga poses with tea?
  • Have tea time with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while (or give them a call if they’re far away).
  • Pat yourself on the back (literally, if you want!), and compliment yourself on a recent accomplishment. No need to be humble!
  • Break up the monotony by planning a weekend getaway, take a walk somewhere unfamiliar, try a new restaurant or recipe, or volunteer. A change of pace can help relieve feelings of stagnation.

May might be coming to an end, but practicing self care should be a year ’round routine. Focusing regularly on your personal well-being can keep you positive, successful, and fulfilled, resulting in a healthier, happier you.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Self Care Pledge Week 3: Healthy Eating & Nutrition

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Week 3 is here! During May we’re focusing on self care actions to keep us healthy, happy, rested, and stress free. We’ve covered Stress Management and Restful Sleep, now let’s explore healthy eating and nutrition. What we consume can have a huge effect on how we feel and with hectic schedules it can be difficult to make mindful choices.

This week, let’s make a self care pledge to try these small (delicious!) daily choices and focus on well-being through what we eat.

Healthy Eating & Nutrition:
– Replace a cup of coffee with nourishing Premium Japanese Green tea.

– Play in the kitchen by making a newly discovered recipe. (We recommend the DIY Burrito Bowl from Oh She Glows.)

– Eat an antioxidant-rich fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or prunes.

– Make a superfruit smoothie with a boost – green tea!
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tea bags of green tea (Premium Japanese Green, Classic Green, Dragon Well)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cups of frozen blueberries
  • 1 ½ cups of vanilla yogurt
  • A handful of dry roasted almonds
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds

    Instructions:
    – Brew the tea bags in ¾ cup of water that has been cooled to 180 degrees after boiling for 3 minutes – allow tea to cool after brewing.
    – In a blender, add tea, yogurt, blueberries, almonds, and flax seed, blend until desired consistency. (Makes two servings)

Recipe adapted from: http://www.food.com/recipe/blueberry-and-green-tea-smoothie-283273

– Conquer the mid-day slump with an indulgent tea like Vanilla Rooibos or Licorice Mint, instead of a sugary drink or snack.

– Fill half your plate with hearty veggies today, like broccoli or asparagus.

Have you been following along and making these daily choices of self care actions with us this month? We’d love to hear about it, be sure to tag #DailyChoices to share your story with us.

Next we’ll cover Mental Health and Happiness – the last and final list of self care actions for May! Keep an eye out next week for our helpful tips and tricks to maintain a healthy outlook on life and stay positive!

Self Care Pledge Week 2: Restful Sleep & Energy

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Throughout May we’re focusing on self care.

What is self care? Intentional daily choices that support your physical, mental, and emotional health. Taking time for oneself is often takes the backseat in our busy lives, but we want to remind you to make self care a priority.

Week one was all about stress management and we hope you learned how to better handle those stressful moments in life.

Week two is all about rest and energy! Sleep is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle, but with hectic schedules and phone and computer screens to keep our attention, it can be hard to shut down when it comes time for sleep.

Restful Sleep & Energy:

– Turn off all electronics at least one hour before bedtime.

– Make your bed. (Fluff those pillows!)

– End the day with a sleep-promoting cup of Chamomile or Rest Assured* tea.

– Stop drinking caffeine by noon. Sip on clarifying Mental Focus* tea instead.

– Try the 4-7-8 calm breathing technique to fall asleep fast.

Try one, some, or all of these tips this week to feel more rested and energized. Better yet, follow along all month and make Daily Choices with us for a healthier, happier you. Share your self care experiences on social media with the tag #DailyChoices and join the conversation!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Self Care Pledge Week 1: Stress Management

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Your health & happiness matters. Choice Organic Teas encourages you to make mindful #DailyChoices during the month of May that put your self care first.

What is a self care pledge? It’s a vow to yourself to take intentional actions that support your physical, mental, and emotional health. We call these actions #DailyChoices.

How a self care pledge works: Select one, several, or all self care activities to practice during each week of May and recognize that it’s never wrong to take time for yourself.

This week we’re tackling stress management. Here are self care actions to help minimize stress and help you relax, you deserve it!

Stress Management:

– Take 10 deep breaths.

– Close your eyes for 2 minutes and picture the calmest, quietest place you know.

– Pamper yourself with tea! Here are two luxurious spa-like treatments you can do at home:

  • Steep two tea bags of your favorite green tea, remove the tea bags and refrigerate them until cool – be sure to sip that tea while you wait! Lie back and relax with the tea bags over your eyes for 10 minutes and let the tannins do their work on puffy, tired eyes.
  • Try a Peppermint Tea Foot Bath (makes enough to share with friends or save for later!)

    Ingredients:
    – 1/2 cup baking soda
    – 1/4 cup Epsom salt
    – The contents of 2 Peppermint tea bags

    Instructions:
    Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the mixture to a container of warm water and soak feet for desired length of time. Once you’re done soaking, be sure to moisturize!
    Recipe from http://www.thegunnysack.com

– Listen to your favorite upbeat song. (Dance, if you want!)

– Skip checking email first thing in the morning. Instead, start your day with a 15-minute walk, stretching session, or exercise.

Will you join us in making these daily choices of self care actions during May? We’d love to hear about it, be sure to tag #DailyChoices to share your story with us.

Check back next week where we’ll feature self care actions for restful sleep and energy boosting!

 

Mango Black is a Winner! Here’s Your Chance to Try it FREE!

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We’ve got exciting news! Our Mango Black from the Gourmet Teas line took home 2nd place in the North American Tea Championship for its “good balance” and “delicate tropical flavor.”

The North American Tea Championship is an independent competition judged by professional cuppers who work to distinguish the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in the North American market. We’re honored to be recognized for these characteristics that set us apart from others on the retail shelf.

Celebrate this big win with us and get a box of Mango Black for FREE!  All you need to do is spend over $25 in our online store, use promo code FREEBOX16 at checkout, and we’ll send you a box of Mango Black with your order. We hope you love it, too!
Offer ends April 24th.

 

Spring Clean with Tea!

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What can’t tea do? Not only does it taste delicious, but it has hundreds of clever uses in the household as a cleaning agent or even as part of your beauty regimen.

In honor of Earth Month, we’re abandoning chemical-laden conventional cleaners for an Eco-friendly, simple (read: super easy), yet effective alternative: strong black tea!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– An empty (clean) spray bottle
– 3 tea bags of black tea (English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Classic Black, Wild Forest Black would work great!)
– 1 cup of water

What to do:
1. Steep tea bags in 1 cup of water and cool.

2. Pour brewed tea into a spray bottle.

3. Spray on windows and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel or cloth.

That’s all! Now you’ve got clean windows and mirrors without using harsh chemicals.

Will you ditch your window cleaner with us? Share with us on social media! Tag @ChoiceOrganicTeas and #DailyChoices to join the conversation.

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#DailyChoices for a Healthier Planet & Healthier You

Insta_AprilIntroApril is Earth Month, which means it’s the perfect time to focus on small daily choices that can result in a healthier planet and healthier you!

As part of our ongoing commitment to a healthy planet, Choice Organic Teas has created a calendar of daily choices to treat yourself and the environment well this month.

Follow along with the calendar all month, and if you snap a picture of your Daily Choices, be sure to tag #DailyChoices and @Choice Organic Teas to share with us on social media. View, print, or download a full-sized version of this calendar here: April Daily Choices Calendar

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Stay tuned for information about a special Earth Month #DailyChoices giveaway!
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