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Nighttime Ritual

January 3, 2020


When you think about a nighttime ritual, there are three factors to consider in determining what might work for you. The first is keeping your rituals personal. What are the things that are really supportive of your mental and emotional wellbeing? The second is allowing them to be flexible, maybe setting an intention to practice them every night, but if you can't, letting that be okay. Flexibility also means being able to take your nighttime ritual with you wherever you go. So if you're traveling or on the road, you can still practice if you would like to. And the third thing to consider is keeping your ritual small and manageable. Really elaborate rituals can be difficult to maintain or difficult to be sustainable with, so the smaller that we can keep them, the better we can be at practicing them on a consistent basis. I like to think about nighttime rituals as really focused on restoration and reflection. So restoration means: how do we relax and unwind at the end of the day? And again, this looks different for every person. For some people, it could be journaling, it could be meditation, it could be a spiritual practice, reading a magazine or taking a walk - thinking about the things that allow us to really decompress and unwind. And the second component is reflection. How do we make sense of the day that just passed by us? And one way to do this in particular is journaling. For example, a gratitude list is a great nightly practice to help us think back on the day and think about the things that went right as a way of daily reflective practice.

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