3 Simple Self Care Rituals
3 Simple Self Care Rituals With Amida Wealth
May is the season of Nurture, Love & Care with Amida. As we wrap up this season, we encourage everyone to stay diligent and intentional when nurturing their lives for the rest of the year. Rituals are more than just habits or routines. When you practice them consistently and with the right intention, they can help you connect more deeply with yourself, others, and nature — no matter how small or insignificant they might seem. This Sunday Funday truly honor yourself! Try these 3 simple self care rituals with Amida Wealth.
The Difference Between Habits & Rituals
Both habits and rituals involve repetitive actions. However, habits are formed through consistent repetition over time, while rituals often involve a deliberate repetition of specific actions or steps. The two are very different.
Habits are automatic behaviors that we perform regularly and often unconsciously. They are repetitive actions that become ingrained over time through consistent repetition. Habits can be both positive and negative, depending on the behavior they entail. Examples of habits include brushing your teeth, checking your phone first thing in the morning, or taking a walk after dinner.
Rituals, on the other hand, are intentional and purposeful actions performed with a specific meaning or significance. They are often associated with symbolic or ceremonial practices that hold personal or cultural significance. Rituals are typically more deliberate and conscious than habits. Examples of rituals include meditation, lighting candles before, or engaging in a specific routine before bed.
Self Care Rituals
Self-care rituals are intentional practices or activities that you engage in to nurture your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Daily rituals are designed to promote relaxation, and reduce stress. Many cultures have used ritual as a way to improve mental health for centuries, and many modern rituals may have ancient roots that are tied to cultural traditions. Here are a few suggested readings:
According to the ancient texts of Ayurveda, “All diseases begin at the junctions of the seasons.” When we push against the essence of each season—going to bed late in the winter, eating sweet, heavy foods in the spring, or neglecting our skincare in the summer—we fall out of sync with nature and optimal health.
Casper ter Kuile, a Harvard Divinity School fellow and cohost of the popular Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, explores how we can nourish our souls by transforming common, everyday practices—yoga, reading, walking the dog—into sacred rituals that can heal our crisis of social isolation and struggle to find purpose.
This book explores how embracing the rituals of the animal kingdom can make us more connected to ourselves, nature, and others. Behavioral ecologist and world-renowned elephant scientist Caitlin O’Connell dives into the rituals of elephants, apes, zebras, rhinos, lions, whales, flamingos, and many more.
First, Establish A Morning Routine
The power of a morning routine lies in its ability to shape your mindset, boost your productivity, and set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Mourning routines don’t need to be extravagant. Here are some examples of some simple morning routines you can incorporate into your lifestyle.
- Wake up, drink water, take a walk, & simply breathe.
- Wake up, drink water, sit outside for 15 minutes and let the sunshine embrace your skin. Breathe.
- Wake up, drink water, light a candle, journal for 10 minutes, practice 10 minutes of Yoga.
As shown above, morning routines don’t need to complicated! Engaging in activities such as meditation, mindfulness, or journaling during a morning routine can help clear the mind, reduce stress, and improve concentration. This mental clarity sets the stage for a more focused and productive day. Above all, positive self care rituals promote self-nurturing, self-compassion, and the cultivation of a positive relationship with oneself.
Second, Have Creative Expression
Rituals can serve as a catalyst for creative inspiration. Engaging in specific activities or behaviors within a ritualistic framework can stimulate the imagination, unlock creative blocks, and enhance the flow of ideas. Rituals can provide a dedicated time and space for brainstorming, exploring new artistic techniques, or experimenting with different mediums. A few ritualized examples:
- Take time out of your day to dance for at least 15 minutes with no distractions– ritualize this behavior!
- Put on some music, step onto your yoga mat, and just flow for half an hour. Enjoy yourself.
- Listen to your favorite podcast, take a nature walk, and day dream about the beautiful future you are creating for yourself.
- Paint, write, play a musical instrument, knit a sweat, or cook your favorite meal.
This Sunday Funday, dedicate time to engage in creative activities that bring you joy and help you express yourself. Engaging in creative outlets allows you to tap into your passions, express your emotions, and foster a sense of fulfillment.
Third, Digital Detox
Digital detox refers to taking intentional breaks from digital devices and technology to disconnect from the constant stimulation and demands of the online world. Integrating rituals into a digital detox can enhance its effectiveness and provide a more meaningful and intentional experience. Here’s how rituals can be incorporated into a digital detox:
- Set an Intention: Begin your digital detox with a ritualistic intention-setting practice. For example: I will not look at my phone for the first hour after I wake up in the morning.
- Create a Technology-Free Zone: Designate a specific area or space in your home as a technology-free zone. This can be a room, a corner, or a cozy nook where you can engage in activities that nourish you without the distraction of digital devices.
- Mindful Eating: Incorporate a ritual of mindful eating into your digital detox. Dedicate time to prepare and savor your meals without any distractions from screens.
Above all, use this ritual practice reconnecting back to your soul. Deep breathe, and feel into the present moment. In this space, is where all of the abundance lies. Can you feel your wealth energy?
Amida Wealth Family Conversations
At your next family and and friends gathering share this blog! Do your loved ones practice rituals? Perhaps, do they know the difference between habits and rituals? Engage in this conversation and share the wealthy tools that you use to reconnect back to your soul, and establish more flow in your life. Share your Amida Wealth energy!
At Amida Wealth our fivefold elements of wealth are: health, career, finances, relationships, and personal growth. When all of our elements of wealth are in harmony, we experience balance. This is wealth energy! As we conclude the beautiful month of May – we remind you to step back into the present moment. Allow yourself to nurture who you are, and what you are creating in this life. This Sunday Funday, feel into the essence of rituals and the space they can create for your life. Remember, Amida is always one phone call and email away!