Despite your best efforts, sometimes life can get crazy. Between stress at work, juggling friends and loved ones, and the constant demands of your kids, life is messy. If you are nodding your head as you read this, you are not alone. So how do we cope? What can we do to take control of our lives? Repeat after us: Your sanity is not a lost cause.
The importance of rituals in your daily routine is a crucial part of gaining and maintaining a sense of calm in the chaos of life. Rituals are a form of self-care, a chance to de-stress, and a time to focus on your own needs as you briefly disengage from the needs of others. According to Dianne Durante, author of Everyday Symbols for Joyful Living, “In our hectic lives we often fail to notice the role that daily rituals play for good mental health.” Whether you find relief as you exercise, you unwind in the kitchen or you take five minutes to relax with a cup of tea, rituals are a way to enhance your life through healthy habits. Here are 15 reasons why rituals make us awesome and help keep us sane.
1. Rituals can help you cope with stress.
It’s no secret that stress can be dangerous to your health. And just admitting that something stresses you out is not enough. Rituals help you redirect your mind and bring you back to a more centered place. It might be as simple as taking a break to meditate or sneaking in a cardio workout to help you burn off your tension. The point is to find a daily ritual that helps you achieve a sense of calm.
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