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“I had such a relaxing holiday. What happened?!!”

Do you feel like my colleague – already terrorized by your calendar and in-box?

Here’s the antidote to crazy busy: create some rituals.

Entrepreneur Moorea Seal is a convert. She describes her light bulb moment:

I’ve always been a fire by the hip sort of person in pursuit of a life that feels fulfilling, whole and unique.

But I read recently that the purpose of routine is to free you from having to think about each little task, each little step in your day so that instead, while you are going through routines, you can have a free, open head space to really contemplate what is important to you, space to dream and just be.

Moorea fell in love with ritual so much that she wrote several “52 lists” journals, which include a prompt for each week of the year. She did more than write the books – she uses them as an essential part of her own wellness routine.

How can you create ritual if you don’t like to journal? Here are 8 more ways:

  1. Scheduled self-care. Look good, feel good!
  2. Take an electronics break. If you don’t want to turn off your phone, at least turn it down and leave it somewhere where you can’t see it. I have a friend who puts her phone on the kitchen counter the minute she walks in the door.
  3. Stop using the TV as background noise. Go old school and put on some music.
  4. De-stress with regular exercise.
  5. Have regular activities with your family or friends.
  6. Start or end your day with books from your favorite spiritual authors. If you’re short on time, try a devotional.
  7. Make at least one home-cooked weekly meal. There’s a reason for Sunday dinner!
  8. Daily reflection, like the Thank You Meditation.

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If all else fails, do what famous comedienne, Gracie Allen, used to do. George Burns said Gracie would always take a quick look in the mirror before leaving the house, then take one accessory off.

As you look at your weekly calendar, ask yourself, “What’s the one thing I can take off? Where can I give myself some leeway or grace this week?”

Here’s to open space, wellness and more fun this year!

Enjoy!