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Overall wellness is not just a reflection of the absence of illness or how one looks and feels spiritual. As holistic therapies, gain acclaim, particularly with regard to mental health and wellness, addressing spiritual wellness plays a critical role in achieving and enjoying overall health and satisfaction.
Embracing and nourishing the full-body biome includes a variety of techniques and methods to achieve all-around vitality.
What is spiritual self-care?
Although it is a broadly defined term, spiritual self-care is a new way of healing that incorporates distinct attributes: a healthy lifestyle, connectivity with others, identifying meaning in life, and transcendence of individuality. These attributes contribute to and bridge the influences of physical and mental well-being.
Therefore, spiritual self-care is important in maintaining overall health as well as improving outcomes and treating physical and mental deficiencies and illness.
How to achieve spiritual self-care?
For many without any spiritual affiliation or intrinsic spiritual connection, achieving spiritual self-care may seem like a daunting task. However, relative to the above components of a spiritually fulfilling lifestyle, there are a variety of techniques one can use to achieve a more spiritually balanced state that incorporates embracing and nourishing the full-body biome.
How you live is both an influence on and a reflection of one’s spiritual state. Diet plays a critical role, with nearly all spiritually-fulfilling diets revolving around eating a balanced diet with abundant fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins.
While variation exists based on every individual’s preferences, minimizing or avoiding overly rich or processed foods, such as foods rich in sugar and fat, can help to reduce fatigue and improve digestibility that may impede other activities.
Most importantly, being mindful of how one is eating is as important as what one is eating. Being conscious during meal preparation, eating slowly, and savoring your food can not only foster a more pleasurable eating experience but can also aid in overeating.
Depending on one’s spiritual affiliations, different levels of spiritual practice, such as how one chews or how one sits, can be incorporated into the eating process alone.
Another important aspect of a healthy lifestyle includes how one uses one’s body. Being as mobile as possible is important to enjoying and expressing one’s spiritual vitality as well as how one can heal spiritually. Taking walks outdoors is a great way to recharge while enjoying the natural healing properties of nature. Likewise, more gentle exercise practices such as
yoga and tai chi can be excellent outlets for those looking to improve their spiritual and overall health as they allow for more gentle movements that also emphasize proper breathing.
Last, incorporating a proper daily ritual, particularly regarding sleeping, is an important way to constantly channel rejuvenating energy into your life.
For those so inclined, recording one’s dreams after one awakens or practicing breathing exercises before bed can help to create a more relaxing and fulfilling sleeping experience. Ultimately, when it comes to having a healthy lifestyle, consistent habits are essential for overall spiritual health.
Spiritual health is influenced by and reflected in the relationships one has with others. Human interaction is important to how one navigates the world, with more positive interaction helping to boost one’s sense of purpose and connectivity.
Volunteering is a great way to engage with others in a positive and constructive manner while also contributing to one’s skills or, in many instances, gaining new skills.
For those who find it difficult to find and meet new people, there are many volunteer opportunities that offer the opportunity to meet others with different vocational and spiritual backgrounds. Joining a spiritual group of some sort may offer a more direct way to achieve more spiritual well-being.
For those of specific religious inclinations, regular prayer or religious ceremonies, as well as get-togethers and events, offer an opportunity to bond and connect with those of similar spiritual inclinations.
For those who are interested in greater spiritual connectivity or who are seeking a more focused opportunity for healing and connecting, support or focus groups can provide a means of connecting with others with similar spiritual goals.
Support groups can address those suffering from specific ailments, such as depression or cancer, but they can also be oriented towards people with similar backgrounds or life goals, such as women or new parents, to provide an opportunity to connect and share experiences that foster further growth.
An extension of the above-listed methods that amplify their effects is seeking purpose in life. Beyond volunteering, interacting with others, and creating healthy habits, finding purpose can include pursuing creative outlets and dormant passions as well as addressing external concerns and societal woes that motivate change.
Much of this sense of finding a larger purpose addresses the perpetual quandary of being a piece of the bigger picture or contributing to a cause greater than one’s self.
In conjunction with positive social habits, such as interacting with positive people and taking into consideration of feedback, finding a purpose helps to integrate one’s personal drives and motives into a larger social network.
As important as interacting with others and developing healthy habits, seeking purpose in life that leads to spiritual well-being also hinges on the time one spends with one’s self.
Constant reflection, whether through journaling, meditation or self-feedback, helps to create an awareness of how one is emoting, what areas one can improve in, and where else to invest one’s energy constructively.
More importantly, it helps to foster a sense of personal fulfillment so that one is intrinsically engaged in one’s affairs, allowing one to develop truly meaningful relationships with one’s activities and interactions.
Most importantly, individual transcendence and reflection allow the individual to recharge from social engagements that can be exhausting, balancing the energy transfer that occurs on a daily basis and preparing the mind and body for future challenges.
While there are a variety of methods and approaches to achieving spiritual well-being, embracing and nourishing the full-body biome is neither overly complicated nor challenging to implement. Some simple practices and habit transformations can help you to find that spiritual self-care is a new way of healing.