Whilst many of us know the importance of taking care of our physical and mental wellbeing, we often forget about our spiritual health, and why it’s paramount that we give it the attention it deserves.
Spiritual health refers to our higher selves; our soul, in other words. Whether or not you believe in the existence of the ‘soul’, we all have emotional and characteristic traits that underlie our outward feelings, beliefs and personalities.
Although our physical, mental and spiritual health all interlink to a certain level, the intricacies of our spiritual wellbeing are often bypassed in our conscious efforts to get physically and mentally stronger.
In order to narrow the focus towards our spiritual health, there are specific daily activities and rituals we should all try to incorporate into our lifestyles.
Keep reading to discover how you can start nurturing your spiritual well being, and thus, improve your chances of living independently, for longer.
Connect with your spiritual self
The first step to nurturing your spiritual wellbeing is to ‘switch on’ your awareness. In other words, you need to consciously connect with this aspect of your being, before you can begin to develop it.
One of the best ways you can do this is by journaling. Getting your thoughts out on paper is the first step to outwardly expressing yourself and your emotions, paving the way for a clearer, more agile mind.
To maximise your journaling experience and truly connect with your spiritual self, try asking yourself some questions and writing down the answers. For example, you could try writing a letter to your younger self – or, for something more simple, write down 5 things you value the most/are grateful for.
You may not see the benefits initially, but if you take some time to write in a diary every day, you’ll notice that you become more present in everyday situations – ultimately allowing you to experience gratitude on a more subconscious level.
Yoga & Meditation
Many people believe (incorrectly) that they aren’t flexible or agile enough to practise yoga. The truth is that yoga can be adapted into a variety of different skill sets – meaning that anyone can try it, no matter their level of physical ability.
Anybody can achieve a yoga flow by simply performing a few small stretches, combined with conscious breathing. It’s even possible to do from the comfort of a chair, or whilst sitting on a comfortable pillow.
Yoga is a brilliant practise for encouraging a connection between the body and mind – something that allows us to perceive the body as one moving entity, rather than a mere sum of its parts. Combined with the stimulation of healthy blood flow, yoga can help to boost our mental and physical health in the long term.
If yoga really isn’t for you, you can try meditation. There’s a lot to be said for a clear, decluttered mind, and we are often holding onto more than we consciously realise. Taking a few quiet minutes each day to focus on our breathing and bodily sensations can really help to alleviate stress and anxiety. If you’re new to meditation, try following the app ‘Headspace’ to get started.
Try Something New
In today’s world, we certainly aren’t short of mindful, therapeutic activities to try. In a time where our mental health has never been given more attention, we’re surrounded by mindfulness colouring/puzzle books. Activities like crochet, baking, and a simple countryside stroll have been given the go-ahead when it comes to mental health-boosting pastimes.
So, whenever you have a free moment, consider trying out a new activity and/or learning something new. Learning and developing fine motor skills are great ways to nurture your spiritual health.
As humans, it’s only natural that no two days will ever be the same when it comes to how we feel. Our mood, emotions and general sense of wellbeing fluctuate over the course of a few days, often in response to our surroundings/changing circumstances.
However, our feelings and emotions are often dictated by our thoughts and beliefs around the world around us – which, fortunately, we can consciously influence ourselves. By looking for the positives in every possible situation and perceiving every situation (either good or bad) as an opportunity, we can start to take more control of our own lives – and how we perceive ourselves.
Many creatives often say that their work originated from an idea – an idea that was inspired by something that’s occurred in their lives, or a particular thought they had.
Feeling inspired makes us more motivated to achieve something new – whatever that may be. It taps into our personal creative intuitions, giving us a sense of purpose – and perhaps, even, a new found passion.
Try browsing Pinterest next time you’re feeling creative, and have a look at the things that interest you. It might even pave the way for a brand new hobby!
Whilst you’re here, take a look at our previous blog article on Extra Care Living, which focuses on getting a good night’s sleep, for the ultimate spiritual wellbeing boost.