You awake before your spouse and children, and you relish in the brief moments of solitude. You breathe in the aromas of your favorite brew, and you are overwhelmingly relaxed as you sip the day’s first cup of coffee in peace.
Your morning has been crazy, hectic, busy, and you just need a moment to reset. You steal away to the break room and pull out your favorite coffee that you stashed away in a bag from home. You use the office coffee maker to brew a fresh cup, and for just ten minutes, your shoulders relax, your mind turns off, and you sip the bold, perfectly roasted coffee.
The rain is falling steadily. The autumn leaves join the drops of rain, floating towards the ground with help from sporadic wind gusts. You grab a blanket, curl up in your favorite chair, and relaxingly sip your favorite brew slowly from your favorite oversized mug.
The day has been long...good, but long. You finish dinner then retire to your study. The glasses clink as you pour your snifter of brandy. You sink into the large leather chair in the corner for a quiet evening of reading and relaxation.
Most nights nearing bedtime, you reach high into the cabinet above your sink and pull down a small wine glass. You open the bottle of pinot noir and slowly pour in 4-5 ounces. You sip slowly over the next moments as you compile the day’s list of gratefuls, a time of reflection and much anticipated relaxation in your day.
You are stressed. You are tired, but you just can’t shake the burdens from your shoulders. You make yourself a cocktail and turn on your favorite television series. The burdens aren’t erased, but for these moments, with each sip, the tension leaves your brow. The relaxing calm that you desperately needed has been achieved, and tomorrow you greet the day refreshed.
While coffee is known for its caffeine content and energy provision, it is equally a component of some of our most relaxing moments of the day.
Likewise, alcohol (in moderation) evokes the same relaxation, even if in a slightly different way as it is a known depressant to your central nervous system.
Both evoke feelings of calm as they are often savored in solitude, peace, and quiet, providing a break, a release, and a method of relaxation.