How to make coffee breaks a part of your self-care routine
Updated: Jan 17
This post is for all of you coffee lovers who need another reason to enjoy that cup of coffee right now. If you really think about it, you'll realize that the self-care industry's main focus is on making people feel good. They market all kinds of tips, tricks, experiences, and material things to make consumers love themselves, pamper their bodies, and enrich their minds. But if you want to know my opinion, I think that simple activities, like a short coffee break, can be an essential part of caring for yourself.
This may sound quite obvious but a coffee drinking routine is actually a great way to practice self-care and reduce stress.
Coffee contains caffeine which causes you to be alert, awake, and ready for what life throws at you. Perhaps it's just a placebo effect but I think those of you that drink coffee agree that it just makes you feel better. If you don't start off the day with a good cup of coffee, it just doesn't feel right...correct
If you can't have caffeine, don't worry a cup of decaf can also give you that much-needed break and self-care time.
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There is a strong coffee culture around the world. But now, with more people spending time at home and working from home, it's much easier to brew your own cup of coffee than go to a coffee shop.
Did you know that there are proven health benefits to drinking coffee?
Okay, I know drinking too much coffee is not healthy and causes some health problems in the long run but if you avoid excessive amounts of sweeteners, it can be good for you.
Have you tried using a french press? It's a fun way to make coffee!
Here are some of the ways coffee is beneficial:
coffee can reduce the risk of stroke
coffee can reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer
coffee cuts down on the risk of type 2 diabetes
coffee gives you energy
coffee stimulates hair growth
coffee can help diminish muscular fatigue after a workout
How can I make coffee part of my self-care routine?
1. Create a coffee routine that brings you joy a few times throughout the day.
In the morning, make yourself a hot cup of fresh coffee and spend at least 20 minutes enjoying the coffee and clearing your thoughts.
Suggestion: put on some relaxing music in the background and savor every sip by getting immersed in the aroma and taste of the coffee.
Take coffee breaks throughout the day and focus on relaxing and clearing your head of stressful thoughts. Think of the coffee as your well deserved 'break'.
2. Try New Coffee & Consider Gourmet
Even if you are loyal to one type of coffee or brand, don't be afraid to branch out and try something new. Have you tried all the coffee there is to try? There are many brands of coffee that are affordable so even if you don't like it you haven't wasted too much money.
Why try new brands and roasts? Coffee beans are grown in many countries around the world. Each area produces coffee that is unique to the soil that it grew in, so the taste varies depending on the coffee bean and the roast.
Organic & Fair Trade
Flavored Starbucks Coffee
3. Consider your coffee break "me time"
The way to make coffee time feel like self-care time is to train your mind to treat it as a luxurious experience and "me time". It's time to focus on yourself and your well-being, even if only for a few minutes. This can even be done at work. Stop thinking about work as you savor that coffee and think about a pleasant thing or memory.
4. Read & Sip Coffee
What do you do while you drink coffee? Consider skipping the screens and doing some reading. You can enjoy a good book while savoring that tasty cup of caffeine. After all...books and coffee are made for each other. If you don't feel like delving deep into a book, choose your favorite magazines, and educate yourself while relaxing.
I don't know about you, but when I'm reading a book, or a magazine, I kind of need to sip on something, or else I feel like I'm missing something. Well, I consider this my little self-care daily treat and it puts me in a better mood.