Spiritual wellness is defined as “being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life, then using those principles to guide your actions.” Spiritual Wellness is many times the most personal component of the nine dimensions of wellness, but rest assured there is no wrong way to practice spirituality. Here are some tips and tricks to help you to reflect on your experiences and reconnect with your spiritual side.
Meditation is the act of cleaning and clearing your mind. You can think of this practice like a toothbrush for the brain! Meditation has been shown to have an immediate effect on our health. By completing one 15 minute meditation, we can see a 22% decrease in mind-wandering and after one month of daily practice, you will benefit from a 14% increase in focus. Meditation helps to reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
Meditating can seem like a daunting task, and it does take practice! The important thing to remember is to sit up straight and allow your mind to wander. You can find many programs that can help you start. My favorites include apps like calm, insight timer, and headspace. You can even get free, guided meditations on YouTube. Start with three minutes and work your way up to the goal of 15 minutes of meditation morning and night.
You could even start a meditation club in your senior living community to keep yourself and your fellow residents accountable!
Community is an integral part of our spiritual wellness. Many times when we experience great loss or heartache, we isolate ourselves in the name of internal processing. This can affect our health as loneliness has been proven to increase the risk of depression and cardiovascular disease and negatively effects our immune system.
We combat loneliness through quality connection and intentional relationships. One of the best ways to build these relationships is by finding a community who shares your values. This way, you have people to process life with. You can find these kindred spirits through church groups, support groups, or by seeking out like-minded individuals in your community.
Keeping a journal allows us to reflect on our lives and process through both big and small changes. Journaling is a healthy practice as it promotes creativity, increases gratitude, encourages spiritual growth, and allows us to improve our communication with others.
Starting a journal can seem overwhelming, but it is as easy as writing down what you did today! If you experience writer's block try these journaling prompts
1. What activities did you do today?
2. What do you love about your life?
3. What is one new thing you learned today?
4. Doodle to your heart's content
Spiritual wellness can be cultivated both individually and in a group setting. By reflecting on our lives, we can create meaningful connections, increase our gratitude, promote health and wellness, and engage in purposeful living.