A ritual can help you to regain your center and feel more in control.
From the CONCERN: EAP Resilience Library
Research indicates that humans evolved to feel calmed by repetitive behavior and that performing daily rituals can help us to build emotional and mental resilience. Rituals can be an effective and convenient tool for balance, especially in environments or situations that make us feel stressed or pressured in some way.
A ritual can be anything that you do repetitively—a series of behaviors done in the same order—at certain times or in certain situations. When the tempo of your life seems to be going too fast, oryou feel uncontrollably busy, a ritual can help you to regain your center and feel more in control.
A ritual can be as small as listening to the same energizing song in the morning while getting ready for work, or an affirmative mantra that you repeat to yourself at a certain time of the day. Here are two examples of simple rituals you can try to slow the pace of a frantic day.
If you feel pressured or stressed, try this simple stretching ritual. Stretching and deep breathing have their ownphysical benefits, and combining them in the form of a ritual can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
This is an example of how we can find ritual in something that we do every day. It’s a good way to learn to direct focus on the present moment. Try following these steps, and guiding your attention gently back to the task any time it wanders.