I found myself in a dark place recently. I was unable to focus on my creativity and focus on my brand at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what I do but sometimes I have very high expectations of myself, work myself to exhaustion and end up hitting a low point, from where I need to climb back up.
I was drained. Life’s daily demands was pulling me in all directions, leaving me uncentered, uninspired and in need of a recharge.
Most of us have been there. Your emotions are turbulent, distraction is taking hold of your mind, inner peace remains elusive.
For moments like those, I have found it helpful to reach out to my loved ones and create rituals for myself, to quiet the noise around and within me, and help me regain my balance.
Here are 10 of my go-to rituals that allow me to find more than just a fleeting sense of inner peace.
These rituals have helped me rediscover my inner peace and I want to share them with you today.
After a long day’s work, give your eyes, and your mind a much-needed rest from all digital devices. Unfortunately, most of us are turning to our electronic screens mindlessly for lack of something better to do. Instead, find something you love to do that doesn’t require a digital device, and make it a daily ritual. For me, it’s lying down on my couch and cuddling with my cat, Moli. I use these moments to connect with her, allowing myself to forget about the world and just relax while she purrs in my ear.
Sometimes to create inner silence, we need to get everything out of our system. When you are unsure of where to begin, start by asking some simple questions such as how are you feeling today? Your honest answers will require you to tap deep within yourself.
Find a physical activity that you love. Boxing and Tabata fitness are my two favorite activities at the moment. If you are unable to find one just yet, you could also just put on some music at home and dance! The point is to make the time for it, make it a ritual for the sake of your own wellbeing.
Taking a walk through a park will bring you closer to nature, and nature has an infallible way of relaxing the mind. Hug a tree and smell the flowers from time to time!
Ironically, living in big cities tends to disconnect you from people, especially the ones living far away. Calling someone I love helps me rediscover human connections. We tend to evolve in different directions as we grow, and sometimes catching up with an old friend or a family member can feel so therapeutic! Make time for the people who matter, catch up with your friends. Human connections are so important.
I use this app for meditation called Insight Timer. But you don’t necessarily need an app to meditate, it can literally be done anytime and anywhere. Sometimes at the studio, I will switch off the lights, light my favorite beeswax candle by The Andean Apothecary and meditate for 5 or 10 minutes. With meditation, a little does actually go a long way and I finish feeling truly refreshed.
And there is no better way to do that than by making your own food. My cooking rituals start with the activity of grocery shopping. I take great pleasure in going out to buy my favorite ingredients and storing them inside glass jars!
I call this my ‘wall of health’. It also doubles up as a visual board that encourages me to only put real food inside my body. I have noticed that I am strongly affected by the food that I eat. It has taken some time for me to be able to listen to my body, but when I did, I learned how powerful it can be. Your body knows what is good for you and it will tell you
Nothing feels better than a relaxing massage after a long day. My favorite go-to places are Subconscious spa on fumin road and Zen Massage on Wuyuan road. When I go I always bring my own massage oil handmade by my friend Jann founder of Eu Noia.
I love having something to look forward to because it adds purpose to my work. For me, traveling is one of those things that truly allow me a sense of deep fulfillment.
There are many amazing workshops in Shanghai taught by really talented people. Such as Make In China by Veronique! Attend events that tap into your interest from time to time, and you might just find a new hobby! I also enjoy going to exhibitions and concerts once in a while just to take a break from my own work and be a part of someone else’s world.
Despite how busy your life may get, try incorporating the above rituals into your life and you’ll start feeling an undeniable sense of peace in mind, body and soul.