Life can be overwhelming. When bills are due, your children are sick, and it’s crunch time at work, it’s easy to want to pull your hair out in frustration. However, there are several uplifting rituals you can perform anywhere, whether at your desk or during lunch, in order to balance yourself and take back control of your life.
1. Focus on happiness.
It may seem difficult, but think on the things that make you happy. Eat an orange or a piece of chocolate. Create an object to serve as your focal point, whether that is a picture, a bottle of sand from a trip to the beach, or a smiley face sticker. Whenever you feel down, look at that object and let it remind you of the person you’re working towards becoming.
2. Keep a gratitude journal.
Once per day, write down five things you’re thankful for. The best time to do this is immediately after waking up, before your mind has really left that area between sleep and full wakefulness. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, open your journal and remember that you’re loved and blessed, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.
3. Take a deep breath.
Sometimes, everything can change in just three breaths. When you feel like you can’t handle anymore, close your eyes, ignore everything else around you, and take three deep breaths. This will help you to center yourself and think through what you’re going to do next, rather than running on autopilot.
4. Promise quality time to yourself.
If we work constantly for other people and never take time for ourselves, it can drive us crazy. Make sure to take a few minutes at the end of each day just for yourself. Then you can read, have a cup of tea, or just sit in silence; whatever you want to do, do it for yourself.
5. Do something nice for another person.
Random acts of kindness benefit everyone. You feel better when you’re kind to another person, and you might just make their day with a little bit of kindness. There’s an old Hasidic tradition that says, “Every time you help one person, an angel is born.”
Life can be difficult and overwhelming, but it’s also breathtaking and beautiful. Follow these five rituals to keep yourself balanced and reminded that everything will be okay, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment.