The Importance Of Tea And Friendship:

by Carole Bourne

By Carole Fogarty

Editor Rejuvenation Lounge and facilitator of Women’s Rejuvenation Retreats:


Rejuvenate Your Soul: 

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live”  Lin Yutang


I recently caught up with a girlfriend for a cuppa at our local beach cafe. Prior to meeting with her, I was hoping she would cancel at the last minute as my day was becoming extremely busy.  My mind was doing its best to convince me that I had far more urgent and important things to do.



 Photo by Riot Jane:


Lucky for me, my girlfriend didn’t cancel and once there, I began to “let go” and unwind.  I later returned to my home/office feeling refreshed and filled with a deeper appreciation for the rejuvenating qualities of sharing a cup of tea with a great friend.

It was this recent experience which inspired me for this weeks three simple self care tips.  I trust they encourage you to stop, breath and think more often about “giving back”  to your physical, emotional or spiritual self.


Self care reminders:


1: The Importance Of A Peaceful Morning And Afternoon Tea:

Make a point of taking time out to enjoy, taste and appreciate your morning and afternoons teas.  Always sit down, in a pleasant environment away from your desk or computer avoiding where possible excess noise and stimulation.

My Ayurvedic practitioner shared with me that eating and drinking in a pleasant environment invites warmth, calm and nourishment to your senses and body.

Eating and drinking in a stressful, busy environment can easily fuel your body with more agitation.


2:  True Friendship Rejuvenates:

Often a thoughtful, fun, happy, supportive or understanding ear can be the perfect ingredient to refresh and rejuvenate you.

Regularly catching up with a close friend can be a magical way to boost your level of self care.  Never underestimate the healing qualities and rewards that friendship has to offer.


3:  Treat Yourself To A Change Of Scenery:

In times of overwhelm, often a change of scenery is the best medicine.  Walking away and putting some healthy space between you and all the reminders of your deadlines, worries and busyness is a very wise and sensible thing to do.

Change the scenery around you and change how you are feeling.

Add a boost to the healing qualities of tea and friendship by treating yourself and your friend to a change of scenery.  A new cafe, new location, different people, smells and sights can be a fun and simple way to shake off any overwhelm and put things back into perspective again.



Thanks for reading my article. Carole.  

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia Clinton December 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I love having tea and normally must have it alone due to circumstances, but it’s much nicer with two! This post made me feel good inside :D

Thanks for your gentle articles. They’re a nice “break” to read.


Stephanie Russell December 19, 2008 at 12:34 pm

This is an excellent post! I especially love the part about the change of scenery. All to often when you find yourself struggling with something than you just try to plow through until you get it done. It’s so much better to take a break and do something else for a while. They you can come back with a new perspective.


Healthy Living December 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

Hi Cynthia and Stephanie,

Glad you loved the post and couldn’t agree with you both more.

Change of scenery works very well for me particularly when I’m feeling stuck about something. Seems to brush away the cobwebs.

Jingle bells.



Asianommmy December 22, 2008 at 2:03 am

Great idea–meeting up with a friend for coffee or tea is a nice change of pace.


Mercola December 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm

It’s good to have a tea while you are having a conversation with your friends. this is what we do if we want to relax. a cup of tea and talking or making jokes with one another.


mary January 30, 2011 at 9:30 am

i love tea dont yuo?


mary January 30, 2011 at 9:33 am

i love tea dont you?


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