The Importance of Ritual to Mental Health

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Rituals may benefit your mental health. Discover how you can benefit from developing rituals and get some inspiration to create your own at HealthyPlace.

The Importance of Ritual to Mental Health

In a world that often feels chaotic and unpredictable, developing personal rituals can help us feel in control over our own lives. Rituals are actions that have special, personal meaning and that become a regular part of our life. They benefit our mental health deeply. (How to Practice Life-Affirming Rituals Every Day)

The rituals with the most positive impact are the simplest of rituals because they reduce, rather than contribute to, stress and exhaustion. This abbreviated list of rituals might inspire you to create your own:

  • Sipping hot tea in the early morning hours, when the world is quiet and calm
  • Stepping outside during the day to breathe deeply and appreciate the beauty around you
  • Taking a bath surrounded by the flickering lights of scented candles
  • Going for a long walk or bike ride through your favorite part of town

How Rituals Benefit Your Mental Health

The mental health benefits of rituals are numerous. Personal rituals

  • Reduce stress and, by default, blood pressure and heart rate
  • Improve sleep
  • Calm the mind
  • Increase a sense of peace and contentment
  • Facilitate deep connection to ourselves and the world around us
  • Decrease the symptoms of many mental health conditions

Take care of yourself and your mental health. What enjoyable thing do you already do? Consider intentionally doing more of it. Create a ritual for your mental health.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: Do you have a ritual that helps your mental health? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"I will breathe. I will think of solutions, I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I don't quit". ~ Shayne McClendon

Read more mental health quotes.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2016, November 21). The Importance of Ritual to Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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