Small rituals -- even just taking pills at a prescribed time and place -- can provide a sense of calm that helps lower anxiety. Around 8 each evening, for example, I sit in my favorite chair and sip a cup of chamomile tea. It’s a point of certainty in a very uncertain life. The more detailed the ritual, the better. This way, if a crisis happens, the rituals act as known spaces of safety to which the person can return.
--Alfredo Borodowski, PhD, a rabbi and social worker in White Plains, NY