Wellness is becoming more aware of the choices you make for a balanced life. Wellness is the pursuit of continued growth and balance in the seven dimensions of Wellness. We have been over Emotional and Physical Wellness already (check my last post). If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Today we dive into Spiritual Wellness the basis of spirituality is discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill. As children, we have high hopes and always dream big. For some of us as we get older, we lose faith in ourselves and sadly tend to settle. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself and your life. Every day you wake up is another chance to do your best. Slowing down and being mindful are benefits of spiritual wellness. In other words, mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. I practice mindfulness by grounding myself daily, meditating, practicing yoga, drinking water, and living in my purpose daily.
Spiritual Wellness is not:
• Being a deeply religious person.
• Going to a worship place regularly.
• Forcing a set belief system on self and expecting others to follow.
• Living life according to rigid rules and cultural norms.
• Doing/ Saying what you want to do, and not caring for what others think because your way and belief system is the right way to live.
Spiritual Wellness is:
• Developing a purpose in life
• Having the ability to spend reflective time alone
• Having the ability to explain why you believe what you believe
• Being able to practice forgiveness and compassion in life
• Being mindful and being able to connect with others
• Being responsible and accountable for your actions
Something new I’ve been practicing this year is Spiritual fitness. Spiritual Fitness is the beliefs and practices that strengthen your connectedness with sources of hope, meaning, and purpose. Spiritual fitness is critical to developing overall wellness. Being spiritually drained can look like being envious of others and holding grudges, engaging in immoral behaviors, and having little respect for others. Being spiritually fit looks like being compassionate and leading with your mind, heart, and soul.
Check-in with yourself:
• Do you allow yourself time alone?
• Do you pray? Or reach out to a higher power?
• Do you think about the meaning of life?
• Do you pause to remind yourself that life isn’t all about you?
• Do you put down your phone to just be?
• Do you live in the present?
• Do you respect your boundaries and others?
Things to do for yourself:
When you wake up, sit in your bed or a chair in a relaxed posture. Close your eyes and connect with the sensations of your seated body. Make sure your spine is straight, but not rigid.
- Take three long, deep nourishing breaths
- Ask yourself: What is my intention for today?
- What do I need to take better care of myself?
- Set your intention for the day. For example, “Today, I will be kind to myself; be patient with others; give generously; stay grounded; persevere; have fun; eat well,” or anything else you feel is important.
• Watch the sunset or sunrise (Sunrise opens your body to start the day with calmness, and sunset completes your day with peace.)
• Self-reflection (Reflection allows you to go deeper into yourself and allow the connection with your heart and soul.)
• Practice mindfulness (Try to practice for 5-10 minutes per day.)
• Express Gratitude(Be grateful for all you have, including food, a family, a support system, success, and anything else that stands out.)
• Meditation( Headspace app, Youtube, and many other apps in the app store
• Yoga(The physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body)
Spiritual wellness is a part of balancing your life. Simply spending time in quiet contemplation or writing in a journal can promote your spirituality. However you decide to pursue your spiritual wellness, your mind and body are sure to benefit. Check back this week to learn about another wellness.