Ancient civilizations understood long ago the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality. And while the previous year has disrupted many aspects of daily life, including how we celebrate sacred occasions (birthdays, weddings, funerals, etc.), here are five fun and healthy rituals you can safely practice to improve your wellbeing.
It turns out that our old daily rituals had a much more vital role in our everyday lives than we gave them credit for. They supported a mindset shift that we no longer have as we live our lives from one confined place.
Whether it was listening to music on your way to work, a walk in the park over lunch, or a gym sweat sesh after a stressful day, these activities provided us the luxury of space and time (mentally and physically) to transition from work to relax mode and vice versa.
Here are five daily rituals to help make life more exciting and fulfilling.
The pandemic has us all living in a world of uncertainty. It’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed.
Start a daily ritual of writing down three things you’re grateful for. Simply journaling for five minutes a day about what we are grateful for can enhance our long-term happiness. Feeding your focus with positive thoughts can make the impossible seem doable.
Give your weather app a break, and head outdoors to test the temperature yourself. Just be sure to dress accordingly.
Why not step things up and exercise while you’re out there? Walk, go for a jog, or practice your downward dog. Getting fresh air is energizing and rejuvenating, and it helps set a positive tone for the day.
A very real thing — with very real benefits — without the traffic. It’s how some people are getting “me time” in WFH life.
Take a walk, drive, meditate, listen to a podcast, or dedicate time to look away from devices. Creating barriers between our work lives and our personal lives can help us strike a balance, but it doesn’t have to mean changing outfits if you don’t want it to.
Read a book
The best rituals are ones where you can completely escape from reality, and reading definitely checks that box. Instead of binging your favorite shows, curl up in a cozy corner and dive into a good book.
Got some favorites? I’d love to hear about ’em!
Create a nighttime routine
This will help your brain and body realize it’s time for bed. Turn your essential oil diffuser (my favorites here) on. Listen to some relaxing music. Journal about your day. Nail down your nightly skincare ritual. Whatever it is, add a moment to unwind and still your mind.