Daily rituals… things you can add to your everyday routine aimed to calm the senses, lower anxiety, relieve stress, and improve your mood. Routines practised daily, help to ensure you’re integrating the rituals that nurture and support optimal health, mind, body and soul. You can develop rituals to support changes you want to make in your life.
Below are my favourite daily rituals for calming and nurturing the mind, body and spirit:
Start your day with Gratitude
Starting my mornings writing down things I’m grateful for in the ‘5-minute Journal’ app has been life-changing – although, I did love the paper version of the journal, it does take up space in the long run
We’re not always going to have days where things are going our way, in fact, a lot of the times, every day contains moments of frustration (big or small).
Starting off my day with gratitude is the single best advice I can give to anyone wondering where to start in how to get out of the headspace of the negativity of frustration.
Set an Intention for the Day
Goals, intentions help to guide our energy. This simple practice can bring us back to focusing on what we want, and what truly matters.
Maintain a Morning Ritual
I get that morning can be difficult, but a morning ritual needn’t be a daunting task on your list of to-dos. It can be as simple as a three-minute pause. Take a moment to vitalise your inner work by sitting still with your eyes closed. Follow the flow of your breath and connect with at least three things you’re truly grateful for as you welcome your best self forward.
Have a Meditation Practice
If you think you’re not a meditator, that you just can’t quiet your mind, or you just can’t meditate the “right” way, then you have the most to gain from meditation. Even just a few minutes every morning will make a difference and there are so many free guided meditations available nowadays.
Write in a Journal
Journaling can be a wonderful daily ritual to cultivate creativity, release emotions, and connect with yourself. Journals don’t have to be written. If you prefer art, you could create a daily art journaling practice, where you paint, sketch or doodle for a few minutes every day.
Connect with nature
There is no stronger, more harmonious force than nature. Being in nature reminds us to breathe, slow down, and connect. It is imperfectly perfect, reminding us of our own precious nature.
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Have an Evening Ritual
Most people understand the importance of a morning ritual. But the truth is, your morning starts the night before; Get your clothes ready, pack your food, write out your to-do list, meditate, read or listen to a podcast to get inspired etc. Remember The way you end one day will determine the way you start the next.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS:
Daily rituals come in all shapes and sizes. They give us energy, help us live more mindfully and even stimulate our creativity. They offer a moment of peace in the chaos of everyday life, which is good for both body and soul.
“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming”. ~ Alice Walker
- Are your daily habits serving you and propelling you forward in the right direction?
- What needs to be tweaked or adjusted?
- What do you need to start doing more of?
- What do you need to ditch altogether?
After a busy week, it’s wonderful to do some yoga or to transform your bathroom into a home spa. Rituals create stability and keep us in balance – they help us stay grounded in a world that is constantly moving.
Soulful living doesn’t require you to drastically change your schedule, just to slow down your pace. We all have to eat, and we can make healthy, delicious choices that nourish us inside and out.
Our bodies need sleep to survive, but by taking the time to practice yoga specifically designed to improve sleep quality, you’ll wake up more refreshed and ready to take on the day than ever before. These are all small adjustments to your daily routines that will help you lead a more soulful life.
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