I have afternoon tea once a week with my children. I have it for myself at least three times a week.
I find having tea comforting and a relaxing time. It was introduced to me by my parents when I was young, who gave it to me when I was ill. I just ran with the idea. Now I use it to calm and to cope with stressful things in my life (it is better than many other things I cant think of).
I like to share tea. For example, when my friend lost her job a few months back; I invited her to tea-she'd never done this before. It was a time to talk, vent, encourage, and laugh. Now it something we share when we can, even after she found a new job.
It is a ritual with my daughters; ages seven and ten. It is a method to connect with them. I had them drink tea (decaf) as soon as they could pick up a cup. I hope as they get older it will be something I can use to bridge the gap as they navigate puberty (I'll probably need a lot of tea).
What type of tea do I like? I prefer black teas with milk; but herb teas are lovely. I like jasmine, and lavender teas. My true favorite, is rose tea. Yum.
Currently I like to make a small pot while I read or write. Sometimes, I don't have time to do it--but when I do it gets me in the mind set quickly.
What do you use to comfort yourself? What do you use to write and focus?
Tell me a bit; those things that have lent itself to your life that you never expected.
Note: I do love coffee too, but there is something precious about tea!