How personal rituals can improve your health

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We all have tiny rituals in our lives that help us get through the day and stay sane. Whether we make time to exercise or enjoy a private moment with a cup of coffee, those rituals improve our mental—and physical—health. Thankfully, it’s easy to make time for yours, and to develop your own if you don’t have them already.

Every day, usually in the mid-afternoon, I have a little tea ceremony at my desk. I get my four-cup tea press, put on a kettle to boil, and meticulously add the leaves and put the press, my tea cup, a little sweetener (usually honey) and a spoon on a bamboo tray that fits nicely on my desk while I work. When the water boils, I take its temperature, pour the water over the leaves, set a timer on my phone, stir, and bring the whole tray to my desk. I relax while it steeps – usually just watching the steam rising off of it. When the timer goes off, I press the tea, pour my first cup, and go back to work. It’s elaborate, but it’s one of my little rituals that helps me disengage for a bit—something meditative that helps me get through the afternoon.

Each of us have parts of our daily routine that help us face the day, whether they’re conscious things we take time out for, like my tea ceremony, or subconscious ways we de-stress. When we don’t have those rituals or coping mechanisms in place to help us, we fail to shake the pressure of the day. READ MORE…

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