Our company's “The “Journey to a Healthier You” series began in January with an examination of the distinctions between health and wellness. We've looked at seven of the eight elements of wellbeing over the previous few months, which are detailed on our Journey to a Healthier You page. This month, we'll look at spiritual wellbeing, which is typically seen as the most personal aspect. Consider everything you've done so far as preparation for the most in-depth level of self-reflection: examining and answering the question “What is the meaning and purpose of your life?”
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Spiritual wellbeing entails being linked to something more than yourself, as well as possessing a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that give life meaning and purpose, and then acting on those ideals.
What is meant by spiritual wellbeing?
Spiritual well-being is linked to our sense of meaning and purpose, which is shaped by a variety of factors such as culture, community, and religion, and encompasses our beliefs, values, and ethics.
What is the importance of spiritual well being?
Our yearning for higher significance in life is acknowledged by spiritual wellness. We feel more connected to not only a higher power, but also to individuals around us, when we are spiritually healthy. When it comes to making daily decisions, we have more clarity, and our actions are more aligned with our beliefs and values.
We think that your overall health necessitates not only physical but also mental and spiritual treatment. Spiritual well-being has several advantages, ranging from more empathetic relationships to a greater sense of inner calm, but how do we achieve it?
How do you have good spiritual well being?
Religion brings spirituality to some people, but it does not bring spirituality to others. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to spiritual well-being. Here are a few ideas to get you started if you're not sure where to start.
According to a Gallup poll, 43% of Americans claim to be members of a church or other religious organization. These houses of worship provide a variety of opportunities for those living with mental illnesses to connect with others in their communities.
Reconnect with someone or an organization that shares your ideas and thoughts, whether online, over the phone, or in person. Find ways to connect with like-minded people in your religion community who can support and encourage you by reaching out to a pastor or spiritual leader.
“Many people's support mechanisms were taken away from them during the pandemicchurch, volunteering, support groups,” Wester added. “It was especially difficult for individuals who were already dealing with mental health concerns.” I advise people to reconnect with their religion group as soon as they are physically secure to do so.”
It's fine if you don't have a faith community. Finding a cause that resonates to you and giving back is another way to feel connected to your spirituality and faith. Working in a food pantry, becoming a mentor or tutor, or fostering an animal are all options. As a result, your community will develop and you will be able to meet individuals who share your interests. It will offer you a sense of purpose and thankfulness to serve others.
You don't have to be a yogi to benefit from the practice's spiritual benefits. Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. It can improve your mind and spirit, as well as strengthen and stretch your body, by lowering stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms.
You don't have to be an expert meditator like you don't have to be an experienced yoga practitioner. Because it takes so little time, meditation is one of the easiest disciplines to keep. “Some people believe you must sit and be silent, but this is not the case,” Wester explained. “You can walk while meditating, paying attention to the sensations of your feet on the ground and the intricacies of your surroundings. Simply slowing down your body can help you calm down your mind.”
Even five minutes of meditation can help you reduce stress, despair, and worry while also increasing your mindfulness. There are numerous fantastic guided meditation applications, such as Calm or Balance, if you need help.
Writing can help you process your emotions, raise your awareness, and provide a nonjudgmental space for you to express your feelings in the present. Start a daily thankfulness notebook with prompts or write down your anxieties and fears.
Spending time in nature, whether you live in the mountains, the desert, or near the ocean, can improve your spiritual health. You can't seem to get away from your phone, your day, and your problems. Even a few minutes spent watching the birds, trees swinging in the breeze, or crashing waves on the shoreline can be relaxing.
Find activities that you enjoy, such as knitting, coloring, cooking, sports, or working out. Focusing on things you enjoy might help you regain a feeling of purpose and stay present in the moment, even if only for a short time.
If you're having trouble connecting with your spiritual side or your mental health, get help from someone who is specially trained or someone you trust.
“Chaplains are specifically equipped to deal with religious issues in a clinical setting,” Wester added. They can assist validate your feelings without sweeping them under the rug. They can help you get back on track spiritually.”
What is spiritual wellbeing for kids?
We'll look at why it's vital for kids to understand spiritual wellness, which is one of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness.
Finding meaning and purpose in life, as well as living in accordance with your values, principles, and beliefs, is referred to as spiritual wellbeing.
Religion is not always synonymous with spirituality. For some, it will, and praying to a higher entity is an important aspect of their faith. Others define spirituality as achieving inner peace and comprehending what matters to them in other ways.
Spiritual wellness is intertwined with the other qualities of well-being (hence why they are all interconnected).
The career a child chooses, the friends they hang out with, how they spend their money, their mental health and self-love, and how they take care of their physical bodies are all influenced by their sense of value and beliefs.
THIS IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO TALK TO OUR KIDS ABOUT SPIRITUALITY AND TEACH THEM POSITIVE TOOLS THEY CAN USE RIGHT NOW, AS WELL AS HOW THEIR BELIEFS WILL AFFECT WHO THEY ARE IN THE FUTURE. Children must take time out of their day to slow down and appreciate their surroundings in order to grasp the concept of spirituality. “What do they want to achieve in life,” “How could they make a difference in the world/town/city/community,” or “What are ways they can be kind and loving to themselves and others,” are some questions you might ask them.
When we speak with children, we want them to feel powerful, as if their choices and decisions would have an impact on the world.
We should teach children not only to have their own opinions (or the beliefs of their family), but also to listen with an open heart and mind and to tolerate the views of others, even if they disagree. (to some extent… you may not be friends with someone whose opinions are diametrically opposed to yours, but you should still respect them and their beliefs)
Have your youngster write in a diary or leave comments in a box every night about what they are grateful for. Then, when they're feeling low or in need of a little extra love, they can go back and read what they wrote (or, as a parent, you can send them nice comments!)
Volunteering and giving back to the community
It is crucial for children to see and experience their caregivers being active members of the community and giving back to organizations.
Some individuals believe in the healing properties of crystals and their spiritual and emotional benefits. Children can even build their own mala and use it to repeat positive affirmations throughout the day.
Spending time as a family is crucial for a child's spiritual well-being and the development of morality and beliefs. Saying what they are grateful for at the dinner table is an excellent example.
As you can see, spiritual health and wellbeing are a significant aspect of who we are as individuals and how they affect us as children and adults. Our values and views may shift over time, and it's perfectly fine to revisit them. This is where daily meditation or journaling may help us stay grounded and true to ourselves.
I believe that what we put out into the cosmos reflects who we are and what we want out of life, so remember to be kind to yourself and others!
What is cultural and spiritual well being?
Cultural and spiritual identity are important aspects of health and well-being for some children and families. Respecting and incorporating service users' cultural and spiritual understandings improves service effectiveness.
Children's mental health benefits from a strong, positive sense of cultural and spiritual identity, which helps them develop self-esteem, resilience, and a sense of belonging1. Children grow sensitive to distinctions among individuals during their early years and may be exposed to racism and prejudice, which can have a significant impact on their social and emotional well-being, learning, and social interactions. Children who have a strong cultural identification are more likely to form positive social bonds and have a sense of belonging to their society, even if that community's culture differs from their own2. Many children and families value spiritual identity, which means identifying with a particular belief system. Organized religion or belief systems may or may not be related with spiritual identity.
Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and spirituality is particularly essential in the context of Australian health and wellbeing. The following definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spirituality gives an idea of the scope of spirituality in the lives of Australia's first people:
‘Aboriginal spirituality is defined as the essence of an Aboriginal person's identity. It imparts significance to every area of life, including interpersonal interactions and the environment. All items are alive and share Aboriginals' souls and spirits. There is a bond with the natural world. Visually, musically, and ceremonially, Aboriginal spirituality can be expressed.'3
It is critical for practitioners to provide services in a way that respects the cultural and spiritual identities of children and families. Such identities can inform the explanatory models that families employ to explain mental health disorders, and treatment will be less likely to be effective if such understandings are not respected and taken into consideration during the intervention.
The role of cultural identity clarity for self-concept clarity, self-esteem, and subjective well-being, E. Usborne and D.M. Taylor. Bulletin of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 36, no. 7, pp. 883-897, 2010.
3. E.K. Grant, Unseen, Unheard, Unspoken: Exploring the Relationship Between Aboriginal Spirituality and Community Development (Unseen, Unheard, Unspoken: Exploring the Relationship Between Aboriginal Spirituality and Community Development). pp. 8-9, Adelaide: University of South Australia, 2004.
What is spirituality in your own words?
Spirituality is defined as the awareness of a feeling, sense, or belief that there is something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater total of which we are a part is cosmic or divine in nature.
What are examples of spiritual wellness?
Finding meaning and purpose in life may be a lifelong process that changes over time as a result of unique circumstances, personal experiences, and global events. A person's level of spiritual wellness, like the other dimensions of wellness, varies throughout their life. It's common to feel a range of emotions on the route to spiritual healing, both positive and negative (hope, forgiveness, acceptance, joy) (doubt, fear, disappointment, conflict).
Spiritual wellbeing has the power to make our decisions and choices easier, to center us during times of change, and to provide us with the resiliency to face hardship with grace and inner peace. Having a spiritual component in our lives may even assist us in healing whether we are afflicted with a physical or mental ailment.
Take a moment to measure your spiritual well-being by answering the following questions.
- Do I make an effort to broaden my understanding of various ethnic, racial, and religious groups?
Practice Spiritual Wellness
When it comes to spiritual wellness, it's vital to identify the strategy and approach that works best for you; unlike the other dimensions of wellness, there is no “one size fits all” solution.
- Volunteering in your community, spending time in nature, and appreciating music and the arts are all good things to do.
In future articles regarding spiritual wellness, we'll look at ways to figure out what your meaning or purpose is, as well as activities that can help you maintain or improve your spiritual wellness.
What is the best way to improve your moral and spiritual well being?
Spiritual wellbeing can be reached in a variety of ways, both physically and intellectually, because it involves one's values, beliefs, and purpose.