Forget resolutions, I’m talking rituals. No, not sacrificing goats or big religious ceremonial practices, but subtle daily rituals – simple routines set with positive intention that can easily be incorporated into everyday life. Our busy stress filled lives can often push us into autopilot, neglecting the little things that give our lives purposeful meaning. Creating these rituals can help build positive habits and focus our attention on reaching goals and fulfilling our potential in many aspects of our lives. Gradually try incorporating one or more of these into day to day life.
1 First things first
How we start our day can have a huge impact on the productivity, positivity and outcome of the challenges of the day ahead. Setting the pace and tone of our day can be helped with a daily morning ritual. Make sure to get up bright and early and allow plenty of time. Don’t hit the snooze button. Hide your phone or any digital devices for the first hour of the day. Bombarding ourselves with emails, news and social media stories as soon we open our eyes can make can us feel overwhelmed and anxious before we’ve even got out of bed. Instead, grab a pen and paper and scribble down something you’re grateful for or a positive intention for the day. With all this extra time there’s no excuse not to have a healthy breakfast and a stretch session too.
2. Parenting matters
The short wintery days don’t make it easy to get out into nature. Try to make the time, however short, whatever the weather, to create a daily ritual where you find some green space, woodland or even your back garden to wander in. Tree hugging is not necessary, but try to immerse your senses in the sounds, smells and healing energy of nature.
7. Time for bed
We’ve gone full circle and the same rules should apply to our bedtime ritual as our morning – no phones or ditgital devices within the last hour before bed. Allow yourself to disconnect and calm your mind by reading, journalling or meditating. Drinking a bedtime herbal tea or milky drink and going to bed at the same time every night can also signal to the brain that it’s time to rest and sleep.
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