Tea of the day: True Blueberry by Celestial seasonings
Description: Some tastes are so familiar that just hearing their name brings their flavor to mind – like True Blueberry®, whose simple, fruity flavor is best described as ‘tasting blue.’ The wild blueberries we chose for this blend have overtones of purple grapes, providing a deeper berry flavor than their farmed cousins.
Dry tea smells like a handful of fresh blueberries from the patch, warm and sweet with a bit of sharp
Liquor is a deep vibrant pink in the cup
Steeped tea has a brighter blueberry smell, naturally sweet. Makes me think of fresh blueberry pie, in fact.
Tart, then sweet, full berry flavor that is still mellow enough to be drunk without any sugar.
Adding sugar, however, seems to amp up the intensity of the flavor, so if you really like blueberry, one sugar cube really gives the brew a kick.
Tea Rating: 4/5
Today we’re going to talk about the value of taking breaks.
Most of us have some kinds of “regular” job, one where you work probably 5 days a week, with an expected number of hours worked in a given day, probably 8.
In those work days we all have allotted break times. It seem that the standard (on your 8 hours of work type jobs) is two fifteen minute breaks that you’re paid for and one one-hour “lunch” break that you are not.
Those of us that work a regular job such that I describe tend to take our breaks, as much as possible. Our lunch breaks for sure, if nothing else.
These structured breaks are alright, but maybe not the best thing in the world, because they do leave us expected to be focused on task for chunks of time that are 2 to 4 hours long….and the human brain just doesn’t do that thing very well.
We can certainly train ourselves, but there is a reason why an 8 hour work day leaves us tired but not sleepy whereas a weekend hiking leaves us feeling rested even though we are physically exhausted. Our brains were evolved on the move, so jobs that keep us moving and have tasks that can be completed in an hour or less tend to be some of the best for us.
My job, for example, has one of the two: the longest project I’ve worked on thus far has taken about 4 hours, and in a typical day I get multiple short projects that last from about 30 minutes to about an hour total work time. The rest of the time is spent solving customer issues, and I am the happiest I’ve ever been in a work environment ever.
Another benefit of my job is that it is totally fine to get up and walk away from my desk for a few minutes, and is in fact encouraged. So, when I start feeling edgy, I get up and move. Simple as that
But then we go home, and we do other work, and a lot of the time don’t treat ourselves even half as well as the people we work for who are required to do so by law.
How many of us go to work and then come home and work on homework for hours on end without a break?
How often have you spent an entire day doing yard-work without taking anything more than a pee break?
Seriously though, we really should treat ourselves better than our employers do; sometimes it seems like we feel like we have to cram as much as possible into our “free” time, like if we’re not getting paid we can’t waste a second.
But I argue that we are getting paid: not in money but in life experiences…and at least half the time, rigidly partitioning out our non-work time makes it so that nothing of note happens.
Live a little, cut out that schedule for your evenings and days off and just go with the flow, wherever you can.