Saturday, November 28, 2020
Kate Murphy: It doesn't matter if it's a holiday ritual or more mundane habit like how you tie your shoes; if you can't do it the way you normally do it, you're biologically engineered to get upset. This in part explains people's grief and longing for the routines that were the background melodies of their lives before the pandemic -- and also their sense of unease as we enter a holiday season unlike any other.
Luckily, there is a vast repertoire of habits you can adopt and routines you can establish to structure your days no matter what crises are unfolding around you. ...
The point is to find what works for you. It just needs to be regular and help you achieve your goals, whether intellectually, emotionally, socially or professionally. The best habits not only provide structure and order but also give you a sense of pleasure, accomplishment or confidence upon completion.
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