January is a time when many of us shift the focus back onto ourselves after month-long celebrations and decadent indulgences. But why put so much stock in an all-or-nothing resolution when we can embrace a more inclusive self-care approach instead? Here, I outline a few simple rituals to help infuse our days with meaning.
Tea time: Taking some time to steep and savor your favorite tea is a wonderful way to start the day. It also serves as a great reset in the early evening, giving us a moment to gather our thoughts and prepare for our nighttime routine.
Walk in nature: Stepping outside every day—to move our body, breathe, and take in the wonder of nature—provides fresh air and vitamin D, as well as the opportunity for exercise or meditation.
Choose joy: Whether we simply write down one thing we are grateful for each morning or start our day by focusing on a positive affirmation, knowing that we can control how we feel is a powerful and intentional act.
Better food choices: What we eat and drink affects our mood, mental health, and energy levels. One of the best ways to support overall well-being is to be intentional about our diet. Slowing down to eat, cooking for ourselves and our loved ones, and reflecting on where our food comes from and how it makes us feel are all therapeutic practices that nourish more than our bodies.
With all this in mind, I recommend kick-starting your year with the Serendipi-Tea, a vibrant green tea martini infused with fresh cucumbers and lemongrass, reminiscent of a day at the spa. Let the symphony of flavors help you ponder your own self-care practices while reminding you of the simple pleasures of rituals.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 cup water
1 cup raw honey or organic agave
2 lemongrass stalks, sliced
1 cup brewed green tea, chilled
4 small cucumbers, peeled, plus more for garnish
1 oz. lime juice
4 oz. sake
To make the lemongrass syrup combine water, honey or agave, and lemongrass stalks in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a clean jar, cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Add a splash of vodka to preserve for longer.
In a blender, blend the green tea and cucumbers until smooth. Transfer to an ice-filled shaker. Add 1 oz. of the lemongrass syrup, as well as the lime juice and sake. Shake and strain into chilled martini glasses.