Starting each day with intention and something to ground yourself, before a stressful and fast-paced day takes over, does a world of good. As someone that values structure and suffers from anxiety, I find that practicing certain rituals everyday helps further the comfort of familiarity. It doesn’t have to be something complicated or time consuming – but the simple act of repeating a ritual on a daily basis can be incredibly calming.
The Early Hours
Most people start their day by pouring a hot cup of tea or coffee in the early hours of the morning. This is when you can create a moment of silence and reflection before the world truly wakes up and things start to move at a chaotic pace. There is something quite comforting about the feel of a warm beverage in cupped palms.
Nourishing Your Body
There’s something to be said about the powerful simplicity of putting together a bowl of nourishing food. The comfort of tantalizing flavours and the warmth of a cooked meal is such a great way to provide yourself with energy and start or end the day on a soothing note.
The Incense of it All
You can’t talk about rituals without mentioning incense. The burning of incense can be part of a spiritual practice, for meditation or just to change the scent of a room. It is believed that incense can help reduce stress and tension by slowing down the heart rate. This effect results in a calmer disposition that also helps relieve tension in the muscles.
I like to use incense when my mind is scattered, weary, and I need a reminder to return to the present moment.
Stabilizing the Mind at Day’s End
When the day’s work and chores have been completed (or just put away for the day!), it’s time to shift focus to rest and relaxation. The best way to do so is by either lighting a candle or incense.
The simple act of lighting a candle really signals the closure of a day and the time to start unwinding. Plus, the lovely, glowing, soft light on a candle sets the most comforting mood.
Creating Your Own Daily Ritual
There is no right or wrong way to create your own daily ritual. In these troubled and difficult times, I think it’s important to fill our own cup and add comfort in our lives where we can.
I sincerely hope this inspires you to carve out a moment of your day to ground yourself in rituals.