Stress is all around us. It’s caused by various different reasons – a deadline that’s approaching. A project that you have no idea on how to begin. Or even simply not knowing what’s going on can cause distress! Read on to discover the trick to avoiding the pimple outbreaks and stress hair pulling.
Rituals: The Answer to Stress?
A consistent routine helps you feel in control over your day, which helps alleviate some of the anxiety and tension, as you more or less know what to expect during your day. This would also help you to sleep better, which leads to you feeling more refreshed and ready to start your days in the morning.
What are they?
Rituals are routines you create by making plans for your days/weeks and sticking to them. It gives a rhythm to your life by making the structure and sequence of the things you have to do every day mindless, aiding you to reach your goals with ease.
Why do they work?
Creating rituals not only helps you to reduce stress, it also helps you to achieve your goals more easily. Your goal may not be similar to Franklin’s, so here’s how you can begin personalizing one for yourself.
What can you do?
Benjamin Franklin created a ritual in effort to achieve “moral perfection”. He devoted every week to a different virtue, from cleanliness to moderation. By creating a daily ritual to follow, he had hoped to create a habit of each virtue to practice in his life, but he was conscious to leave space for creativity to rise, and allocated room for changes to his schedule over time.
Here are some rituals you can adapt:
Plan your week. Before it starts.
Before you start out on anything, it’s good to have a goal in mind. What’s the objective you hope to achieve from carrying out this activity? How can you benefit from it? This leads to higher productivity and puts you on the fast track to progress.
Once you’ve decided on a goal, plan out your week towards achieving that goal. This provides a rough guide to your week, assuring you that you’re not wasting your days away! However, it’s also crucial to consider the human factor in your plans. So, remember to include something you enjoy to do in your daily plans to help you look forward to the day ahead!
Preparing for sleep each night.
It’s important to balance fully focused work with complete rest. Hence, take time to relax after your busy day. Treat the hours before bed like a cooling down period, where you carry out low intensity activities. This will help you to fall asleep more easily and obtain a higher quality sleep as well, helping you feel refreshed in the morning. For more tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, you can read this article.
Exercising when you wake up.
Having a ritual is a great way to circumvent the need to think about what you’re going to do each morning. Stick to a consistent sleep-wake cycle to ensure good quality sleep. Have a favourite meal and exercise planned out to help you feel good and maintain your health. Making a point to exercise daily is the healthiest stress buster. It revs your body’s production of feel-good endorphins, help regulate your sleep, reduces and minimizes symptoms associated with depression, boosts energy, and helps you remain calmer and more focused in situations.
Connecting with your loved ones each day.
If you’ve heard of the four burners theory, you’d understand how family and friends are so easily forgotten and neglected in the pursuit of success. What’s the joy of having an abundance of money with no one to enjoy it with? When you fall, (which is inevitable in life), who do you have to turn to for support? Make it a point to connect with your loved ones every day. You’d be surprised with what a simple text or half an hour spent with them can do.
Managing stress when it strikes.
If you’re feeling stressed out already, don’t fret! There are ways to tackle it. The main key to alleviating stress is to clear your mind. Simply stepping out of the office to get some fresh air can help lift your mood drastically. Research indicates that vitamin D boost from sunlight may elevate your levels of feel-good serotonin. Taking in sights, sounds, and smells around you can also help to redirect your focus from your worries. If you have the luxury of time, you can opt to try relaxing activities like practicing yoga, listening to music, meditating, or even getting a massage. There are also many relaxation techniques that you can acquire to ease the tension.
Taking time to disconnect.
In a technology-advanced world, it’s easy to succumb to the pressure of constantly checking your devices. “What if my boss assigns an urgent task?” “My prospective client might contact me.” Keep in mind that the journey to success is a long one, and to arrive there, you need stamina. Hence, remember that disconnecting and recharging is part of the process of achieving success.
What Ritual Will You Choose?
There are numerous types of rituals you can create aside from the ones that are listed above. So, go ahead and explore! Identify your goals, figure out what you need to do to achieve them, and start personalizing your own rituals! Remember, inspiration goes both ways! Feel free to share with us your rituals and exchange ideas too.
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