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Every one of us has daily rituals that we do. You may not even be aware of some of yours—for example, the person who can’t get going without having a morning coffee each day. The mom who always gets her children ready before herself and the person who needs to check all the doors are locked before they leave the house. These are now established rituals in people’s daily lives so much that they don’t even notice them anymore.
DECIDING ON DAILY RITUALS
Setting yourselves daily rituals can play a massive part in achieving your goals and dreams. They can also enhance your health and well-being and create a lasting, positive effect on your life. So, how do you go about deciding what you should bring into your life as a daily practice? This is where you need to establish what it is you want from life. What goals do you wish to achieve? How would you like to feel? And what steps do you need to take to get there?
Here is an example of setting small achievable rituals that work towards set goals: I suffer from anxiety, so to minimize my stress from day to day, I have introduced a few daily rituals. I started by trying to calm my breathing, this led to me spending two minutes a day practicing breathing exercises and fifteen minutes a day meditating. Take note that I have not set myself unrealistic expectations. And that these time frames easily slot into my daily life. They are also easy things to accomplish should I not be at home. What small, easy changes can you make to your day to improve your life? If you are looking to create your own spiritual rituals, click here.
CRYSTALS AND YOGA
Here’s another example, after being ill a few years ago, I needed to regain my strength in a slow, steady manner, so I took up yoga again. Since reigniting the realization that yoga benefits the mind, body, and soul, I have now introduced this as another daily ritual within my life. Each day on waking, I complete a few rounds of sun salutation. Once again, it is a ritual I can complete anywhere; it does not take too much time from my day and leaves me feeling accomplished and calmer. I can even vary the number of rounds I do to fit in with my available time, some days doing more than others. Do you have any rituals that you want to fit into your day? Can you modify them if necessary?
PRACTICE GRATITUDE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT
Another ritual that everyone should try is daily gratitude journaling. How to do this is all down to one’s own preference. I personally tried to keep a full diary but found I tended to miss days. So I decided to simplify and now I write five sentences each day of things I am grateful for. While someone I know says three rituals in their head each morning. Gratitude comes in many forms from being able to acquire clean drinking water from a tap in your house, to living with a wonderful family. So have a think what are you grateful for today?
Try to focus on specific small tasks whether it be personal or work-related. If it’s a large task break it down, into smaller more accomplishable pieces. None of your rituals should be hugely are time-consuming, as they will prove more difficult to keep doing over time. They should all be accomplishable, leaving you with a sense of satisfaction each day. This is the key to keeping on track – small, accomplishable, time-friendly rituals.
DAILY RITUAL TRACKER
To get into the habit of completing daily rituals, try using a ritual tracker to tick off each ritual as it’s accomplished. They are especially helpful when introducing a new ritual, helping you keep on track and focused on what you want to achieve plus the time you want to spend on each ritual, each day. You can download the surrender to happiness ritual tracker at the bottom of this post. Don’t take on too much in one go and develop your rituals to fit your lifestyle, adding to them as you grow.
The rituals you introduce into your life add value to the saying ‘a little progress each day adds up to big results.’ So decide on your life goals, where do you want to be? How do you want to feel? Look at what small actions or changes, you could make each day—allowing you to work towards your desires. Slowly introduce them into your life and before you know it. You will not only be working towards your ideal life, but you will feel accomplished and happy.
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @surrender_to_happiness and share your new daily rituals with us. For information on how to develop a great morning routine click here or if your emphasis is on developing a more spiritual practice click here. If you are interested in signs that you are on the right track, take a look at our blog post ‘Spirit animals, have you met yours yet?‘. For more information, hints, and tips, take a look around our blog.