Welcome to episode #172 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. If you feel like you don’t have enough time or energy to do what you want to do, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed in your daily life. This is why having some kind of daily rituals is important. From the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed, the rituals you choose can set the tone for your productivity, mindset, and overall well-being. In this episode, I’ll guide you through the art of crafting impactful daily rituals that can transform your days and, by extension, your life.
First off, last week was our Healing & Embodiment retreat in New York. We went through career changes, life changes and how to make the transition from the way we live today – to the ways we want to live tomorrow. We ate plant-based foods, moved our bodies every day, learned about ourselves, connected with other individuals and overall, improved our well-being and energy to be more productive and inspired when we returned. With real-life, actionable plans that we can put in place for the next leg of our career and life journeys.
Often, we go away on vacations and trips – and feel the need to come back and reset because the way we live on these getaways aren’t the best for our mind/body or soul. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that my daily rituals are standard, so when I go away and leave behind the place where I’m used to being, I don’t leave behind the things that help me feel good and at peace.
This is possible for you as well. You don’t have to start over every other week because you went away or took a trip.
The power of daily rituals allows me to travel, work remotely and still take care of my mind, body, soul – and be there for the people in my life.
To start, let’s explore what daily rituals are and why they matter. Daily rituals are intentional practices that you incorporate into your routine, often with the aim of enhancing your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
The Role of Consistency: How performing rituals daily creates a sense of stability and rhythm in your life.
Consistency in your daily routines means that you eliminate thousands of decisions each day. You know what, where and when something will happen. You have pre-decided and you’re committed to the result no matter how long it takes. This is where the process matters more than the outcome. You show up to the gym, the run, the task, the planning of your day. Always.
Rituals vs. Habits: Distinguishing between rituals and habits and their respective impacts. Rituals are things you decide to do and have intentions behind them, whereas habits are automatic in nature and a response to a trigger. For example, a habit is automatically reaching for a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up. A ritual would be to engage in a morning meditation to set the tone for your day.
Another habit is mindlessly scrolling through social media during free moments. A ritual would be lighting a candle and spending dedicated time journaling as a way to reflect and process your thoughts.
While both habits and rituals involve repeated actions, rituals are more intentional, mindful, and meaningful, often serving as symbolic markers or expressions of deeper values. Habits, on the other hand, are automatic behaviors that can be both positive and negative, but they are not necessarily connected to a conscious intention or emotional experience.
Crafting Your Morning Ritual
They say how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Let’s dive into the components of a powerful morning ritual.
Here are some of the ways you can enter your morning ritual – and build upon these components.
Mindful Wake-Up: Starting your day with intention and gratitude. Many of us forget and rush into our days, not even considering what is coming up or how we want to show up. We’re in autopilot or habit-mode for most of our day and then we’re surprised when everything feels the same. The same problems and the same responsibilities coming up. Just the way you wake up is a powerful moment in time that you can shift to have a better relationship with your day.
Movement and Exercise: There are so many benefits to incorporating physical activity into your morning routine. Whether it’s the ability to get outside and connect with nature or just to release pent up energy and tension, movement and exercise is a powerful way to create a stronger mind and body.
Mindfulness and Meditation: Cultivating a calm and focused mindset through meditation or mindfulness practices. This is where we go deeper in my coaching programs. When you can change the way your mind reacts to stress or harder situations, your life changes. You find greater peace and reduced stress in your daily life and this ability to find either quiet or mindful time to cultivate a practice of intentionality is what will change the way you see and respond to everyday life circumstances. Anxiety decreases and agency increases. It’s a win-win.
Nurturing Your Mind and Soul
Beyond the morning, your day can be enriched by rituals that nurture your mind and soul.
Creative Expression: Incorporating activities like journaling, drawing, or playing a musical instrument.
Learning and Growth: Allocating time for reading, podcasts, or online courses.
Connecting with Nature: Spending time outdoors and grounding yourself in the beauty of the natural world.
Rituals for Productivity
Rituals can also be powerful tools for boosting your productivity and focus.
Time Blocking: Structuring your day with dedicated blocks of focused work.
Eliminating Distractions: Creating a distraction-free environment during work or important tasks.
Evening Rituals for Reflection and Rest
As your day winds down, rituals can help you transition into a peaceful evening and prepare for restful sleep.
Reflection and Gratitude: Taking a moment to reflect on your day’s accomplishments and moments of gratitude.
Digital Detox: Disconnecting from screens before bedtime to promote relaxation.
The Art of Personalizing Rituals
Remember, daily rituals are personal, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Here’s how you can tailor your rituals to your unique preferences and needs.
Self-Discovery: Experimenting with different rituals and noting how they make you feel. I’ve personally been refining my daily rituals for years and they have been the cornerstone for feeling more confident and sure about myself at work and at home.
Flexibility: Allowing your rituals to evolve as your priorities and circumstances change. It’s easy to let the ritual dictate your day, instead of it being a tool for your day. Don’t forget that rituals serve you, not the other way around – so we must evolve as we evolve. You’ll find something better that works for you, I promise. There’s not only one right way to do this thing called life – and that’s the same for your daily rituals.
As we conclude, I encourage you to explore the world of daily rituals and embrace them as tools for cultivating success, mindfulness, and fulfillment in your life. Small, intentional actions have the power to make a significant impact over time.
Thank you for joining me on this episode of The Own Your Best Life Podcast.
If you’re ready to elevate your days and infuse them with purpose, I invite you to start incorporating meaningful rituals into your routine.
To take this work even deeper, on August 30th in the Spiritual Achiever coaching program, we’ll be coaching on the topic of creating more Daily Magic in your life through the power of rituals and flow states.
Reach out at www.mayempson.com/contact for more information on my Spiritual Achiever coaching program. You’ll figure out what’s next and actually go and do it.
If you like this blend of both practicality and mindset, you will love coaching. You can schedule a consultation at www.mayempson.com/contact to learn more about working together and joining this community of like-minded, open and curious seekers. It is the powerful group and private coaching hybrid experience for achievers who want to expand their vision of what’s possible. Twelve months of support, individualized guidance, community and retreats. We will help you build your confidence, trust your intuition and make decisions that you love.
That’s it for this week. Have an amazing one and I’ll talk to you next time.