When was the last time you nurtured your spirit? We tend to focus a great deal of our energy and time nurturing the physical body through diet and exercise, but our spiritual health is often forgotten, ignored, or pushed to the back of our minds when we need to focus on something else.
What Is Spiritual Self-Care?
Spirituality has different meanings for everybody, usually influenced by the ideologies you grew up with. Many associate spirituality with religion or cultural traditions. Observing rituals, attending religious services or ceremonies, and studying religious texts are types of spiritual self-care for billions of people around the world.
For others, the concept of spirituality is experienced in nature, in personal relationships, or within oneself. It could be through art, music, and dance; anything that is meaningful and kindles a sense of sacredness, even if only felt by the individual.
Spirituality is a personal practice. No matter what path is chosen, they all converge upon something you desire on some level—the need for connection, purpose, and happiness.
Why Is Spiritual Self-Care Important?
You can be the healthiest person but still feel off balance, both mentally and physically. Emotional and spiritual well-being have a deep influence that trickles down into and impacts the mind as well as physical body.
Taking time for spiritual self-care encourages introspection and can offer clarity and comfort. Studies have shown how cultivating a spiritual life can have a very real impact for a person’s overall health. Spiritual self-care can help you to:
Not sure where to begin? Here are a few spiritual self-care tips to get you started.
It’s important to stay present and accept pleasure and pain as part of your journey to spiritual health and balance. It’s natural to lean toward pleasure and comfort. It takes concerted effort and discipline to begin exploring the truth of who you are, and to create a stronger connection to your true self. Try one or two things from this list. Keep it simple. If what you try doesn’t do much for you, try something else. This is a sacred journey and there is no right or wrong path! The most important thing is that you stay true to yourself while exploring new and exciting ways to self-care.