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“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine” – Mike Murdock
Many people have a morning routine and highlight it as an important way to start the day. But having a dependable evening routine can be just as important, if not more. It can be the difference between having a restful or restless sleep, setting you up for the morning after, hopefully refreshed and revitalised. But why is this? Why is having an evening ritual so important?
Having a routine provides a sense of structure and familiarity to your day. Ayurveda, the science of life has strongly advocate the importance of daily routine and ritual for optimal health and functionality for 5000 years. By including Ayurveda into your daily routine, you can achieve total wellness. From visiting a trained practitioner who will introduce methods such as creating daily structure, meditation, yoga, massage, herbal medicine, and body-specific changes in diet.
People seek comfort in stuff they are familiar with, it provides us with normality. Without structure, we feel unorganised and out of sync. If you don’t have a routine, you get sloppy and complacent, you become unproductive and your sense of worth diminishes. Structure is a way of organizing your life so that it makes sense to you. You wake up with a sense of ownership, order, and organization of your life. By having any sort of routine; morning or night, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, like you have achieved something, which is important for our self-esteem and ego. This is not a pretentious way of making yourself feel good, it’s a way of motivating yourself to be better, following a routine can drastically improve both your mental and physical wellbeing. A structure provides direction in your life, enabling you to act instead of standing still because of a lack of direction or decision paralysis (not doing anything because you don’t know what to do).
It is common practise, people who think it is a waste of time or don’t understand the values of having a routine are often the people that are unorganised and struggle in life, they are the ones that always complain about being tired or not being as productive as they would like, which is of course, undesirable. This all can be avoided if you implement some structure. Deepak Chopra, a world-renowned expert in mind-body medicine suggests that “If you’re finding it difficult to return to the familiarity of a routine, or finding one that works for you, the holistic healing system known as Ayurveda offers some powerful daily practices that nurture health, balance, and a sense of inner calm”
Granted, many people have busy evenings, some people work and have families to provide for which is understandable. But having a ritual doesn’t mean you have to spend hours, even 30 minutes on it, it can be as simple as writing down 5 things you have learnt from your day, which will take 1-2 minutes tops. Or it could simply mean tweaking your exiting routine to make it more efficient.
Having a ritual will become habitual when you commit. You will notice you’re becoming more efficient in every aspect of your life, and it will become common practice. There are several ways of including a ritual, some are more tailored towards individuals than others, you just have to determine what works for you. From an Ayurvedic perspective, the structure of our daily routines is determined by our body type and can be appropriately tailored by finding out your unique traits to make it personal and fitting.
The word “ritual” or “routine” may seem daunting and time-consuming, but it is simple when you know what you are doing. You can sign up to our mailing list to receive the beginner’s guide to implementing an evening ritual post to find out how you can start making yourself productive and settled.