I've worn the same earrings every day for the last eight months.
They're not expensive. Or fancy. Just cheap, simple earrings I picked up in early March before COVID infections started to spike. Their calming mandala-like design appealed to me.
I came across these mandala earrings, still unopened, one Monday morning shortly after everything moved remote. On a whim, I put them on.
And I put them on the next day, and the next, and the next.
I reach for them even though I only wore earrings when going out to work pre-COVID.
Even though I have other earrings to choose from.
Even though they sometimes get caught in my daughter's curly hair when we hug.
I reach for them because rituals, even one as small as putting on the same pair of earrings each day before heading to my home office, bring a sense of regularity, comfort, and normalcy - all things I/we desperately need to manifest in these abnormal times.
Although you don't need an earring ritual like mine, I invite you to consider what new routine could make you feel a bit more rooted right now.
In peace and solidarity,
Roxanne A. Donovan, PhD, is co-founder of WellAcademic, a licensed psychologist in GA, and Professor of Psychological Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. She writes and teaches about health and wellness. For more reflections, follow Roxanne on Twitter or sign up for WellAcademic's newsletter.