Spiritual health is the most difficult to measure out of all of our holistic health pillars. This pillar looks different for everyone because spirituality means different things to different people. To some people, it means a connection to a higher power, and to others, a connection to humanity, to nature, or to the planet.
Read about last week's holistic blog on managing your social health.
Spirituality is commonly viewed as seeking a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives. Here’s all you need to know about taking care of your spiritual health in holistic terms, and how you can make it a priority this year.
What is Spiritual Health?
First and foremost, it’s important to distinguish that spiritual health can be both religious and non-religious in nature. Spiritual health is the belief that we all have a spirit that is comprised of our intellect, emotions, fears, passions, and creativity. It’s being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of morals, values, and beliefs.
When we take care of our spiritual health, we will feel as though we have meaning in our life. That meaning, however, will look different for everyone. Spiritual health is a life-long journey of discovery, rediscovery, and looking beyond ourselves. It’s also about personalizing your journey, and acknowledging that you have a purpose on this earth.
Healthy Habits to Impact Spiritual Health, Holistically
Make Yourself A Priority
Dedicate a small chunk of time each day to yourself. Spending quiet time with yourself allows for a deeper connection to yourself and that which is greater than you. Make this time a priority, free of distractions, interruptions, and major activities. This time can be used to relax, reflect, meditate, journal, or pray. Practicing mindfulness during this time will help you check in with yourself. Scent your space with our Meditate Multispray, which can help clear the mind and encourage your mindfulness practice.
Taking time to go out of your way to do things for others, such as volunteering at a charity, or even just holding a door open for someone, impacts humanity in a positive way. When you take the time to do good, you’re simultaneously impacting your spiritual health. Volunteering also helps cultivates relationships and presents the opportunity for people of various backgrounds to work together to solve problems and achieve a common goal.
We know physical de-cluttering is good for a clear mind, while a disorganized space can actually increase stress and confusion. Ensure that your space is tidy, whether that is a desk, your bedroom, or your whole home. “Cleansing” your space by lighting a bundle of Sage or a Palo Santo stick, which has been used for centuries to remove negative energy, can also encourage a mentality of having a lighter feeling and mood. Light the end of the bundle or stick, then blow it out, circulating the excess smoke around the room.
Have you taken a walk in the woods and felt like you were in a better mood? Being in nature can have a healing effect on the mind. Taking a few minutes each day to plant your feet on the earth can literally and figuratively “ground” you and help you feel connected with the Earth. Can't make it outside? Try adding a potted plant to your space. Not only are they esthetically pleasing, but they can purify the air and help to absorb toxins. Plants like aloe vera, or eucalyptus are great options, or you can choose to treat yourself to a bouquet of your favorite flowers.
What are your favorite ways to take care of your spiritual health? Let us know in the comments!
Thank you so much for joining us on our holistic health journey. We hope you feel inspired to make this your best year yet!