I made this warming drink this morning to comfort my tired body and mind. It’s smooth and frothy, bright and floral, delicate and sweet.
Do you ever experience night time blues? That’s not the proper terminology but it’s what I call it. This particularly heavy wave of melancholy that hits when it reaches about 8/9pm almost every night. I’ve never been a good sleeper. For as long as I can remember I’ve had trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and all too frequent nightmares. It makes me anxious, going to bed. I know what’s waiting for me; staring at the ceiling waiting for exhaustion to wash over me and fade into a rest that is continuously escaping.
Time moves differently. During the day it’s like cupped water in your hands, the majority of it slipping away before it can be utilised. At night it crawls. Almost unmoving. Stretching endlessly, taunting me. A thick blanket of nothingness wrapping around me, claiming me until tears of exhaustion appear. My mum always told me that sleep is a healer. I believe here. It just doesn’t come soon enough to soothe my anxious mind. I take to distraction. I’ve started to avoid my bed until my body can’t take it anymore. Why does the body always tire before the mind?
This morning was all about finding some relief from the tired haze and something to lighten my mood for the day ahead. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes, my daily movement/meditation practice leaves me feeling more grounded, centred and starting out on an uplifting note. So, following yoga this morning with an earl grey latte was my chosen remedy.
Earl Grey Latte
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup plant based milk of your choice
1 tsp earl grey loose leaf tea or 1 teabag
1 tsp coconut oil (or coconut butter for an extra creamy texture)
1 medjool date
small pinch/splash of vanilla
Brew your tea for 5 minutes in your mug (then strain if needed). As your tea is brewing bring the milk to warm in a small pan on a low heat. Once your milk is warm add it to a blender along with the coconut oil (or butter), date and vanilla. Blend until smooth and frothy. Pour into the tea and serve immediately for soothing vibes.