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How 10 Minutes a Day Made me Happier (and Healthier) ~ Make “Me Time” a Ritual

If you’re like a lot of people I talk to, when someone says you should make more time to take care of yourself – take some “me time” – you say, “Ha, I don’t have time for that!”

The problem is, when you don’t make time for yourself, your body will make you take time for yourself.

If you don’t take time for yourself, you get more colds, you feel tired, and your relationships suffer.

About 7 years ago, I was working up to 70 hours a weeks as a new trial attorney. I argued cases in court during the day, stayed late to work on cases, and I went into the office on week-ends to work some more.

I ate microwaved meals regularly because I didn’t have time to cook. I worked out rarely because I didn’t have time. And I took my tea in the form of tea bags with tea dust and added lots of sugar.

Then at 29 years old I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

My body forced me to take a break in the form of chemotherapy and radiation. Around this same time, two other co-workers my same age just starting their careers as trial attorneys were diagnosed with different kinds of cancers. Neither of them survived their battles.

This breast cancer diagnosis and the diagnosis of my friends forced me to look at my life and create a shift. I just didn’t know where to start.

I knew I needed to take care of myself better. But how?

When I took time off work for chemo, I wasn’t prepared for what happened next.

I felt relaxed.

I wasn’t stressing over my to do list because I had nothing to do but take care of myself.

I spent three months thinking and recovering.

And I knew one thing: chemo shouldn’t feel like a vacation.

A big part of maintaining a more relaxed attitude as I returned to work was creating new routines and rituals. I tried all kinds of things to get me to create a habit out of taking care of myself better. One thing that stuck was a tea ritual.

I knew that I needed to incorporate “me time” to make sure I wouldn’t fall back into my same habits. I needed to do something different or I’d end up in the same place I started.

I created the free 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge to help others learn to create time for themselves without having to go through what I did.

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The Tea Ritual Challenge is designed to help you along your journey to reclaiming “me time” and maintaining or reclaiming your health and vitality.

Reminding myself daily to care for myself was transformative for me, and it can be for you too.

First off, I’m a nicer person overall; it’s amazing how feeling grounded and rested changes the way you treat people.

Second, my body is revitalized; I feel less tense. When I do feel tense, I’m aware of it now, and I can takes steps to relax. Before chemo, I didn’t even realize I was tense.

Third, when I consistently take time to myself, I get colds a lot less often.

How do you consistently make “me time”?

It’s a practice. It takes commitment to creating shifts in your day.

Personally, I seek inspiration in the form of daily readings. So in the 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge, I incorporate inspirational quotes and short discussions about them to give you something to think about during your quiet time.

 

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I need something to physically do at the same time each day to remind myself that it’s time to take care of myself. I do this in the form of a tea ritual.

It’s nothing fancy. I create a space in my breakfast nook with flowers, a beautiful teacup, and brew my favorite tea. Then I sit back and enjoy my cup. I take 5-10 minutes each morning to think. If I’m feeling really inspired, I take more time to write in my journal.

I create an evening ritual that doesn’t necessary involve tea, but maybe something herbal. I turn off the computer and the TV about an hour before bed so my brain isn’t running so quickly, then read something inspirational and meditate for a few minutes before going to bed.

This is what I’m offering up to you during the free 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge. It’s an opportunity for you to take charge of your life, to take action in regards to your health and vitality.

Each day you’ll get daily e-mails with:

  • quotes and my take on them to give you something to ponder during your tea ritual, and

  • tips & tricks to enjoy your tea ritual more.

During the first week of the Challenge, you’ll probably feel some resistance.

The first reason you may is that it’s tough to take time for ourselves when we have so much we want to do during our day.

Second, we don’t usually take time to be still and quiet with our thoughts. It can be uncomfortable. What if we don’t like what we see? It’s easy to hide behind being busy to avoid our feelings. We need those feelings to guide our intuition though.

 

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The only way we can hear our intuition loud and clear, grow into the person we were meant to be, and maintain our health is to observe how we’re living our life.

The only way we can observe how we’re living our life is to look at ourselves and be willing to take action and make taking care of ourselves a priority.

Are you ready to take action?

Are you ready to get uncomfortable and grow?

It’s time to join the 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge.

It’s free, so you don’t have any excuses.

It starts September 1st, so sign up now!

Why 21 days? Because it takes about that long to form a habit. This is a habit you need to make to make the changes you want to see in your life.

You won’t regret it.

Click here to join the free 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge now.

Sending you lots of love,

Dina Cataldo

Your Tea Ritual Hostess,

Sicilian Tea Company

 

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