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’s easy to see our "routines" 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 the radical suggestion that when we see our daily tasks as actions with meaning, it creates the space for joy to emerge.
Research has shown that performing simple rituals before engaging in activities can increase our chances for success. Furthermore, rituals are known to boost confidence, alleviate grief, and increase competitive performance.
So, how does a routine become a ritual? It begins with goal-setting (or goal-resetting as is sometimes the case). Use Rosemary to help guide you in evaluating where you've come from and where you’re going. Then decide what actions you’re 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 that you’ll 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 washcloth or sponge. Then I place this at the bottom of the shower and turn on the hot water. Instantly, the shower is an experience for the senses. I am awakened, refreshed, and ready for the day. This simple act helps me transition from sleepy to awakened, and it’s also a simple self-care ritual that helps set the tone of my day.
What routines can you make into rituals? Leave us a comment below on how you’re ritualizing some of your daily tasks.