Now that Summer is coming to an end, many of us are turning back to our fall routines. There's still time to enjoy the Fall season before the hubbub of the holidays blazes by, but it is easy to see "routine" as mundane, repetitive drudgery.
I have a suggestion: shift your mindset from routine to ritual. What I mean is that how we think about our experiences can significantly contribute to how we experience them. I am making a radical suggestion that when we see our daily tasks as actions with meaning, it creates space for joy to emerge.
Research has shown that performing simple rituals before an activity can increase the chances for success. But further, rituals are known to boost confidence, alleviate grief, and increase competitive performance.
How does a routine become a ritual? It begins with goal setting (or goal re-setting as is sometimes the case). Use Rosemary to help guide you in evaluating where you've come from and where you are going. Then decide what actions are you going to take toward these goals on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Make the actions specific and time-bound. Then find ways of inserting enjoyable, easy-to-do, and encouraging actions before beginning an activity you will repeat often to achieve your goal.
To achieve my goal of creating a productive day, I like to use Rosemary Essential Oil as part of my morning by creating an aromatic shower. Before turning on the water, I place a few drops of an inexpensive and invigorating essential oil (Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, and Bergamot are all great choices as well) on a wash cloth or sponge. Then I place this is the bottom of the shower and turn on the hot water. Instantly, the shower is an experience for the senses and I am awakened, refreshed, and ready for the day. This simple act helps me transition from sleep to awake, but has also become a simple self-care ritual and helps to set the tone of my day.
What routines can you make more like rituals? Leave us a comment below on how you are ritualizing some of your daily tasks.