Why Rituals Are an Important Part of Your Everyday Life

How would you say your daily routine goes? Do you have purpose behind how you spend your mornings, afternoons and evenings? The way in which you go about your day-to-day says a lot about you. Rituals help to shape consistency.
Many of us use routine to make sense of our day, and our lives. And while some of us are completely attached to it, others prefer to have a go with the flow mentality and hope that they walk a new path. Neither one is necessarily better than the other, however. In her book, “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life," Twyla Tharp discusses how to take some of your routine and turn it into a ritual, which can change your thought process from seeing certain things as tasks and more as a devotion. “Turning something into a ritual eliminates the question, Why am I doing this? … The ritual erases the question of whether or not I like it. It’s also a friendly reminder that I’m doing the right thing. (I’ve done it before. It was good. I’ll do it again," she writes.  Along with your creative outlets, rituals can be great for your diet and fitness. For instance, food prepping for the week can be seen as a devotion to conscious, healthy eating, while finding time in your day to incorporate fitness can be seen as a means to carving out a special time to honor your body and give it that which is needs. Writer Anne Lamott discusses the important of rituals and the positive effect they can have, saying “Rituals are a good sign to your unconscious that it’s time to kick in.” This thought can be applied to exercising at the gym as well. Think of what you do before you hop on a treadmill, while you warm up, and as you really get going. The rituals you have put you in a mindset to work hard. Try adding these rituals into your day-to-day for an added dose of positivity, purpose and success.

1. Incorporate a wake-up ritual.

Take time just after you open your eyes to slowly let the light in. Let ideas filter into your head and evaluate how they affect you. Pour yourself some coffee, grab a notebook and write your thoughts down. See how these thoughts make their way into the rest of your day. Rituals help to shape consistency.

2. De-clutter every evening.

Clutter just creates chaos, especially in the home. Use whatever you need to throughout the day, but in the evening, hit the reset button. It will feel like your deepest breath yet. Marie Kondo wrote in her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," “When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state.”

3. Only allow enriching thoughts and material to make their way into your head.

Are you watching reality TV and reading gossip columns, yet not making enough time to catch up on a good novel, or listen to an enriching podcast? Be mindful of how what you watch, read and listen to affects you. If you find yourself feeling close-minded or agitated, it might be time for a change.

4. Add a splash of fun into each day.

The idea that you should work hard and play hard shouldn't be an either or type of scenario. Balance is importance for your overall wellbeing. Work hard each day, but also find time to be light and playful. Dance to music. Laugh with friends. Run wild on the beach. Be mindful of whether or not you have routine in your life, and if rituals are a part of your day-to-day. Self-love means being conscious of how you approach each and every moment. What rituals do you have that are most important to you? Source: Eat to Perform Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_115065" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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