Embrace and Nurture Your Spirit for Wellness
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our worlds have been rocked in ways that we never imagined. Many of us may feel off-kilter due to social distancing, fear, and anxiety of what the future holds for us. Part of living a life of wellness for today and every day is embracing and nurturing your spiritual wellness.
What is Spiritual Wellness?
Spiritual wellness is a combination of faith, beliefs, values, ethics, principles and morals. It is more than religion, although that can be a part of it for some people, but it is the process of seeking meaning and purpose in life. People cultivate their spiritual wellness in a variety of ways that can include participation in organized religion, prayer, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and volunteering. Spiritual wellness is also seeking truth, thinking of others, eating healthy, loving, living, playing, serving, working, sleeping, and pursuing a spiritually-driven life. It also involves finding harmony inside yourself and with others.
When you enjoy spiritual wellness, you project a positive attitude towards life. It helps you turn what seems like the impossible into the possible. Spiritual wellness gives people hope. Everyone faces challenges in life, but spiritual wellness helps people accept things they can't change like job loss or the death of friends and family members, It also means finding and forgiving others for wrongs against you and accepting your own personal failings or flaws.
Healthy Benefits of Spiritual Wellness
There are various physical and mental benefits of spiritual wellness, for example it:
Controls the secretion of hormones.
Increases blood supply and metabolic activities in the body.
Improves mood and feelings of joy and happiness.
Reduces stress levels and depression.
Lowers blood pressure.
Reduces blood sugar levels.
Improves digestion and the immune system.
Improves brain wave function, memory, and cognition.
Provides a feeling of calmness and relaxation.
Ways to Achieve Spiritual Wellness
Schedule time to think about your life and what is meaningful to you.
Ask yourself these questions:
What gives my life meaning and purpose?
What gives me hope?
How do I get through tough times?
What gives me comfort?
Am I tolerant of other people's views? If not, how can I become more tolerant?
Do I expand my awareness and knowledge of different ethnic, racial, and religious groups?
Do I make time to relax and decompress?
Do my values guide my decisions and actions?
Explore your faith and what you believe. If you have never thought about a particular religion, take time to learn about the different ones. It's OK to challenge your beliefs.
Practice mindfulness for rational thinking, deeper concentration, balance, and inner peace.
Be conscious and aware of your thoughts.
Visualize positive outcomes.
Refresh and revitalize your mind and body.
Be present and uplift yourself.
Travel and Explore New Places.
Take time to meet new people.
Learn about new cultures and ways of life.
Broaden your horizons.
Read articles, books, and watch uplifting programs.
Look for new or different points of view for greater empathy, understanding,and knowledge of other world views.
Be a Mentor.
Volunteer your time and help others.
Share your knowledge and experiences.
Lend a hand.
Open your heart.
Find the good in others.
Build people up instead of finding fault and tearing them down.
Show gratitude and thankfulness.
Stand for justice.
Advocate for the rights of others.
Be sure to stay connected with BMI Wellness Concepts, to help you find your spiritual wellness so can continue to Get Well, Be Well, Stay Well!