A Simple Guide To Forming A New Daily Ritual
We believe a Daily Ritual is more than an activity that's repeated everyday. To us, it's an intentional practice that one actively chooses to incorporate into their daily lifestyle.
We advocate for developing daily rituals that support both our minds and bodies, but recognize that adopting new practices is not always easy. For this reason, we created a simple four part guide for starting a new daily ritual.
1. Make it thoughtful
Set an intention and plan around it.
Ask yourself "Why am I doing this?" and "What's the benefit?" and hopefully, by answering these questions, you will gain the motivation to get started.
Once you confirm it's worth while to start this new practice, however small or large it may appear, plan out in your head what needs to be done in order to begin.
2. Effortless is essential
Don't overcomplicate things. Seeing a ritual as a chore is only going to set you up for losing interest. For you, this may mean starting small and gradually building up the intensity.
3. Do it daily and at the same time
We thrive on consistency and predictability. Get in the habit of performing your new ritual at the same time every day. Consider planning it around rituals you already have so they can begin to seamlessly flow into each other.
4. Consider how it makes you feel
No matter what stage you're at, always examine how it makes you feel during and afterwards. Consider the process of forming a ritual as a feedback loop where the output reinforces the input. Therefore, how we feel afterwards (the output) will determine how we feel about performing the ritual again (the input).
Generally, the objective of starting a ritual is to bring some form of improvement to our lifestyles. If you find that you feel good in the moment but it leaves you with lingering discomfort, perhaps you need to re-evaluate how you're performing this ritual or if it needs to go altogether.
You should examine all your rituals this way, even ones that you've already established. You may just find that some might be doing more harm than good.