According to the dictionary a ritual is a procedure or way of doing something that we establish in our life. It could be for a religious or other reason. Little rituals help us feel connected to the sacred or important parts of our lives. Rituals done with family members such as sharing meals together, gives us a feeling of being connected.
Elderly care providers and their aging loved ones can establish their own set of rituals. This not only fosters a feeling of connectedness, it also gives the aging adult a sense of security in knowing what’s going to be done, when and how.
Examples of rituals
Welcome each new day
- Many cultures have morning rituals
- Savor a few quiet moments in the morning to meditate about the coming day
- Sip your favorite morning drink
- Think positive thoughts to start the day off right
Share meals with loved ones
- Give thanks for the meal and the company you’re sharing it with
- Do this as often as possible, even if it’s only once weekly or once monthly
- Share experiences and good conversation together
- Laugh together
- Feel and talk about being thankful for each other
- Slow down your mind so you can relax and enjoy a restful sleep
- Have a soothing bath before bed and drop some essential oil into the water to add to the relaxing mood
- Write in a journal or diary about your day. Write about everything you are grateful for about the day
Relaxing rituals (time alone to connect with the inner you)
- A long warm bath with your favorite bath salts before bed
- Reading a book in the afternoon
- Going to the hairdresser on a certain day each month
- Getting a pedicure and manicure regularly
There is no cut and dried way of doing rituals. You can make up new rituals and start them. You can get together with friends or favorite people and decide on rituals you want to do together. Really it’s just a habit of doing something enjoyable with those you care about to build relationships with them or doing something for yourself that makes you feel special. Either way, establishing a new pattern or continuing an old favorite will bring joy and security into your life.
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