Knowing when it’s time to let go of a personal ritual can be a complicated process. The release of anything familiar is difficult, especially if it’s a regular activity that has provided a comforting rhythm during uncertain times. But becoming self-aware (and self-inquisitive) about personal rituals can lead to fresh realizations. “When we perform any kind of personal ritual, what we’re doing is looking for something—maybe it’s energy, or the feeling of being grounded and centered, ” says Natalia Rosenbaum, a holistic psychotherapist based in the Boston area. “So the first thing to ask yourself would be, Am I still getting anything out of this ritual? If you’re not gaining what you need from it, then it’s probably time to move on.” This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 39 Learn Lenience We were all young once. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Pay it Forward How to be a mentor. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Be Accountable On youth and responsibility. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Think Back A reexamination of nostalgia. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Grow Up In praise of aging. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 38 Needle Work In Seoul, the ancient art of tattoo is thrown into sharp relief.