Positive Things to Do While the Kettle Boils
There is a lot we can do in small moments throughout the day to enhance our wellbeing and improve mental health. Even the smallest moment, if harnessed properly, can really make a big impact. For many, the challenge is being able to take pause in that moment to acknowledge it. Do you have a routine small break within your day? When you enjoy tea time in the morning, afternoon, or evening, within that pocket of space you can choose to fill it with something positive.
Here are some of our favorite 2-3 minute activities while the kettle boils:
Go outside and feel the sun on your face
Try doing at least 15 squats in the kitchen
Gently stretch your whole body with cat cow pose, child's pose, and downward dog
Send someone you love a text or old photo together, letting them know you’re thinking of them
Put on your favorite song and dance off any sitting-all-day stagnation
Splash cool water on your face and do a quick face massage
Drink 6 ounces of water
Enjoy a piece of fresh fruit as a snack
Try a 60 second plank, rest 45 seconds, then another 60 seconds
Sit quietly, close your eyes, and breathe deeply - pouring your attention into each in & out breath.
Vocalize 1 thing you will feel good after accomplishing in the remainder of the day
Think of (or better yet, jot down) a few things that you’re thankful for that day. (Even focusing on just 1 can make all the difference. Allow yourself to sink into that gratitude)
Send someone you love a text or old photo together letting them know you’re thinking of them.
Love on your pet for a rush of feel-good endorphins
To fill your mug:
Try Lemongrass Ginger for a supporting mood uplift, Chamomile Vanilla Manuka Honey for a calming sweet treat after dinner, or Turmeric Active after your workout or yoga practice.
Author: Lindsay Kluge
Herbal Educator, Pukka Herbs US
Lindsay is a clinical herbalist and nutritionist with a passion for bringing plants and people together. Through her work as a teacher and practitioner, she is passionate about helping people feel empowered in their health through community organic gardening, health education, and connection with nature. She has worked in clinical practiced with naturopathic doctors and MD’s alike, bridging the gap between alternative and conventional medicine to bring comprehensive, research based botanical medicine to her local communities. With an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a Masters in herbal medicine, plants are Lindsay's love language. She currently serves as the herbal educator for Pukka Herbs in the US, and teaches clinical nutrition at her alma mater, the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a guest lecturer at herbal medicine schools and conferences throughout the US.
MS Herbal Medicine
Years of Experience:
10+ years as a clinical herbalist and nutritionist practitioner