The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, with the stresses and the pressures; not to mention all the varying experiences that we’ve had and how that affects our perspectives. I personally recommend starting planning early, not over-thinking, and spending a day and an evening completely away. My husband and I chose to spend Christmas Eve at the coast. We didn’t even realize how much we needed the reprieve until we were there, watching the sun set over the ocean.

All the same, after the holidays are over, it’s important to take care of yourself. So here is my top recommendation for unwinding from holiday stress: Drink tea.

I’m absolutely serious. Every part of tea – from the preparation to the sipping to the satisfaction once finished – is calming and at times even zen-like. Not to mention if you’re lucky enough to have been gifted something enjoyable (or even gifted some to yourself!) you can reflect on your appreciation as you drink it.

Tea is hydrating, and most people struggle with getting enough hydration when going from holiday event to holiday event. The antioxidants and other beneficial components are wonderful for helping your overtaxed immune system when you’ve not been getting enough rest and have possibly been spending time around people that have exposed you to various seasonal viruses.

Finally, tea is a quiet moment in time that you can take for yourself (or enjoy with a special someone). Something we all need to keep as a priority, no matter the season.

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