The average human spends so much time, money, and effort taking care of their physical and mental health. They pay for an expensive therapy session, exercise, stick to a diet, go on expensive vacations, and take breaks in the name of prioritizing their mental or physical health.
However, this same set of people tends to ignore their spiritual health. They assume it is irrelevant and fail to realize that a lifestyle that includes religion or spirituality is generally healthier.
For those who are yet to prioritize their spiritual health and want to do so now, here are some tips to guide you.
What are the benefits of spiritual health?
Many of us know the importance of our mental and physical health. After all, it is why we are willing to spend heavily on activities that help promote our physical and mental health. While the benefits of mental and physical health are quite glaring, many of us are in the dark regarding the benefits of our spiritual health,
You see, the benefits of improving your spiritual health are endless. First off, caring for your spiritual health can create a sense of purpose and belonging. It can also help you soothe your mind and make you more optimistic in times of great despair. In addition, there are a series of spiritual practices that can help you find peace, including studying the bible, meditating, singing hymns, etc.
Having understood the unique benefits of spiritual health, let’s delve into the crux of this article. How do you take care of your spiritual health?
Connect with your faith community
What is your belief? Do you believe in God like the Christians, Mohammad like the Muslims, or do you share the same beliefs as Buddhists? The goal here is to find someone or an organization that shares similar beliefs and thoughts with you and reconnects with them. You can do this online (via Zoom or social media platforms). If possible, you can connect in person.
Reach out to a pastor or spiritual head and find ways to associate with similar people within your faith community who can support and encourage you spiritually.
Volunteer to assist others
Did you know that there is joy in helping others? And by helping others, we don’t necessarily mean making cash donations. You can assist others with your skill by joining a cause that matters to you.
Are you a good cook? Working at a food pantry is a great way to offer your assistance to others. Alternatively, you can mentor people, engage in community services, or foster an animal. You can as well provide spiritual assistance to those in need. To do that, consider sharing Christian tracks (if you are a Christian) or NIV bibles to those who have none. By engaging in these selfless acts, you can grow your community and connect with like-minded individuals.
Yoga is an old practice that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing. If you are familiar with this practice, you’ll understand that it is loaded with many physical and mental benefits. But it doesn’t stop there. As you have probably guessed, yoga has spiritual benefits too. This practice can help calm your mind and spirit, mitigating signs of stress, depression, and anxiety.
Speak a clergyman or someone you trust
When life hits you hard, don’t seclude yourself from the world. Facing your challenges alone doesn’t signify strength. Sharing it with someone does. When you are at your lowest ebb, try to reach out to someone specially trained or an individual you trust to help. Don’t suffer in silence! It isn’t good for your mental, physical and spiritual health.
Caring for spiritual health doesn’t have to involve religion; it can involve anything that helps you develop a more profound sense of meaning, understanding, and connection with the world. Make a mental note to care for your spiritual health to create a healthy balance.