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How to Create Mindful Daily Rituals That Actually Stick

Self-care is creating space for positive actions that help keep stress levels in check and do what’s necessary to maintain healthy harmony in your daily life – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The power of mindful rituals goes way beyond just showing yourself some love when you’ve got the time. Rituals are about making the time to prioritise your mindset and well-being as something equally important as all the other obligations that stack up in your calendar every week. They’re about slowing down, being present in that moment, setting your intentions, and doing something you enjoy or that will create a positive impact on your day.  

Mindful daily rituals don’t have to be complicated. There’s no need to conform to any set expectations. It’s all about progression – not perfection. So, feel empowered by the steps you DO take. You can simply be YOU, unplug, sit, breathe, and tune in. It can be as simple as taking 5 minutes out of your day to focus on your breath. Scan how your body feels. Take in the present moment.

How to Create Mindful Daily Rituals That Actually Stick

So, how to create mindful daily rituals that actually stick? Keep reading…

One size does not fit all

There’s no right or wrong way here, and there are no rules that you should feel compelled to follow. With so many different variations, recommendations and ideas out there, it’s all too easy to get swept up by what other people are doing. While it’s fine to be inspired by what others are doing, what matters most is that you find what works for you. Keep it simple. You don’t need to try to do everything. Remember, the most beneficial habits are the ones you can stick to.

TIP: If you’re not sure how to create your own ritual, write down a few ideas that are speaking to you and try out different things! See what makes you feel the best, and what you think you can incorporate into your day. Find what resonates with you. It’s your practice – you get to own it.

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Acknowledge the mindful habits you’re already practising

Take stock of the things you do routinely.  You might even have some rituals of your own that you haven’t even noticed.  Do you make a cup of tea first thing in the morning? Do you check on your plant babies when you wake up? Or maybe you have a certain yoga class each week that you ‘go to religiously’? Do you go for a walk in the evenings? Well, surprise! You’ve got yourself a ritual.

So often we don’t even notice the habits and patterns we’ve formed and solidified over time. Take a moment to acknowledge the foundations you’ve already created without even consciously trying to. When you really tune in, see how they make you feel and the intentions behind them.

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Identify your non-negotiables

Life changes, schedules change, and stuff is always going to come up – it’s inevitable. The reality is you may not be able to stick to the same practice every single day. Having said that, no matter what my day looks like there are a few non-negotiables that help me maintain a sense of control and balance even when it feels like my schedule is hitting the fan.

My current morning non-negotiables are my daily journaling practice and my chai latte ritual. It may sound silly, but these two things are what keep me grounded and ready to take on the day.

Even if you’re feeling short on time, please don’t push off the things that bring you internal and external joy. Make it a priority, especially when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. That’s when you need it most.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of ideas of rituals you can cultivate into your life that will bring you more peace and joy.

  • Drink a big glass of water when you wake up
  • Meditate or sit in silence with your thoughts for 5-10 minutes
  • Reset your space each morning: clear off your surfaces, clean dirty dishes put everything back in its ‘home’, make your bed, etc.
  • Walk outside hands-free (no tech)
  • Call your loved ones (when’s the last time you called your grandparents?)
  • Cook at home
  • Journal, write and let it all flow onto the pages
  • Do something active that makes you sweat
  • Check your bank account
  • Read a book before bed
  • Cuddle with your furbaby
  • Go to bed 15 minutes early

Remember every little bit counts. It’s the little things done consistently that will add up to the big things. And the best kind of change isn’t always something you can physically see. It’s something you feel internally, in the deepest parts of you. Don’t overthink it, just start somewhere. Stop talking about what you want to change, and just live it.

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I am Kiran and I'm a Lifestyle Coach, Podcast Host, Vegetarian Nutritionist, NLP Master Practitioner, Author and an Interior Designer.

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