DRINK YOUR WATER
Chances are, this isnt news to you, but its important to hear and practice it: Drink plenty of water. We all know this, but too often we dont remember to actually do it. The general rule of thumb is that you want to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. You also need to take into account your sex, body weight, environment, how active you are, and your health. My recommendation? Talk with your doctor to get a personalized water prescription based on all of these factors.
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In addition to drinking regular, still water, I like to infuse my waters with muddled ingredient blends that offer further nourishment. I choose blends seasonally so as to tap into the rich resources available to us in the rhythm and timing of when nature produces it. The selection of ingredients and preparation of these water-based elixirs produces a state of multisensory mindfulness touching the ingredients, seeing their colors, and breathing in their scent as you muddle them elevates our state of mind. This is a subtle thing, to be sure, but it is these slow, subtle ritual infusions that assuage our mind, body, and soul. The distinct taste adds another potent value to it, as well as the benefits of each of the active ingredients you are ingesting. (See here for a listing of suggested water infusions. )
WHY DO IT?
Water flushes the toxins out from our vital organs and it carries nutrients to our cells. It also provides a moist environment for the tissues of our ears, nose, and throat. Even a low level of dehydration can reduce energy levels, which makes us feel tired. We lose fluids in a variety of ways, so its important to remember to replenish our water supply by drinking water and/or eating foods that contain it, such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, cucumber, lettuce, radishes, and celery.
Take some tea time
Japanese tea ceremonies involve four key principles known as the way of tea: harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility. Japanese tea ceremonies consist of intentional steps and procedures to help guests slow down and experience tea as a multisensory meditative experience. The processes and procedures are detailed, intentional, and impart a sense of calm I recommend enjoying the appropriate seasonal tea (here) as you incorporate tea into your day. Creating a tea ritual for yourself is a way to be present, calm the central nervous system, and experience a sense of well-being and renewal. Make the tea ceremony a practice in being present by boiling your tea in an electric or old-fashioned teakettle and selecting a special teacup that is aesthetically pleasing to you. Be intentional about selecting a shape, color, and size that you love.