Taking just a few minutes in the morning to wake up slowly with a cup of tea, and again at night to wind down before bed can have a wonderful effect on your stress levels. Heck, why not slip in a little “high tea” at noon as well to remind yourself to calm down. (I am a tea lover, it must come from my English grandmother.) At night you can even light a candle, sit somewhere quiet with your tea cup or mug and think about what you are grateful for. The more you appreciate what you have, the less important those silly stresses become. I recommend ginger in the morning (with lemon) to wake up your digestive tract and chamomile in the evening to calm you down and prepare you for sleep. A few affirmations to think about while you are sipping away: “I can handle whatever comes” “I can find balance in my life” “I can create inner peace” “Today has limitless possibilities” Repeat these positive statements in your head several times, believing what you are saying and watch your frame of mind change. A verse I love to read when days get stressful: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippeans 4:6 My mug is a wonderful reminder to me every time I have a cup of tea. It says, ” Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” (I am a tea lover, it must come from my English grandmother.