Wellness is a holistic concept, and it is incomplete without spiritual health. Contrary to the popular belief that only religion can lead you to spirituality, there are other ways that help you walk through the spiritual path. Learn about a few practical ways to improve spiritual health and enhance positivity around you!
Many will agree there is more to wellness than physical health. Holistic wellness is associated with mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
If you ask, is there a set framework or path to achieve holistic wellness, I would say ‘No’. Every aspect of wellness is interrelated; enjoying physical health alone without emotional or mental health will not be complete.
While food and exercise are the most celebrated wellness tools, there are many others that you should practise to get true wellness.
Spirituality is one such tool that helps you gain inner peace and enhance positivity, which is extremely important for mental and emotional health. Your physical health will automatically be elated with good mental and emotional health.
A simpler way of defining spirituality is looking beyond oneself and being able to connect to a larger purpose. Being spiritual makes you live at peace with yourself and the world. Though many of us consider being religious the only way to attain spirituality, there are many other ways to feel spiritual. Some are meditation, gratitude, mindfulness, and being one with nature.
Proven ways to spirituality
To be aware and conscious of oneself and the surroundings is one of the early steps to spirituality. Practising meditation helps you become aware of your breath, body, and thoughts. Eventually, you also learn to tune out unwanted negative thoughts, which often cause anxiety and depression.
Meditation does not require a tremendous amount of time; you can do it in as little as three minutes a day. Taking a few minutes out of your day to disconnect from the outside world can leave you with a new sense of inner harmony and peace. Also, you can do it anywhere, anytime.
Further, several apps, including music and guided meditation, are available, designed to help guide you on your meditational journey.
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Appreciating your ‘haves’ is an effective tool for improving spiritual health. Having an attitude of gratitude allows a person to realise how minuscule we are and perceive the greatness in nature, surroundings, and other beings.
Practising gratitude need not be cumbersome and can be quite simple. To start with, maintain a gratitude journal and jot down the things you are grateful for, either at the start of your day or the end.
Spend a few minutes and focus on three things you are grateful for, and these things can be large or small. Maybe you are thankful for the sun shining outside, your beloved dog sleeping peacefully nearby, or just being alive and carrying on with your routine.
Gratitude can enhance feelings of positivity and improves a person’s ability to be in the moment.
The process is essential, especially when daily life becomes overwhelming, resulting in immense stress. Being present and “at the moment” can help the mind and body readjust, vital to promoting positivity.
You also start appreciating the little things around you, bringing a newfound appreciation through gratitude and another step to spirituality.
Being mindful is simply being here now. Mindfulness helps you to be self-aware, which is crucial to getting spiritual.
Start focusing on the things in front of you and around you using your senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. When you zero in on the things around you, you practice mindfulness. All outside thoughts are replaced with your vision of what is here, now.
Meditation is an effective technique that helps you to be mindful. In addition, techniques such as the 4-7-8 breathing method also influence your self-awareness.
Further, the 4-7-8 technique is simple and can help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety within a few minutes.
- Start by breathing in through the nose for a count of four.
- Hold that breath for a count of seven.
- Slowly, with pursed lips which causes the breath to be released slower, release the breath out of the mouth for a count of eight.
Do you find it hard to sleep? Do you also suffer from insomnia? Breathe with this technique before you hit your pillow; Hypnos will bless you earlier than usual.
Mindfulness can help keep you focused on the present moment. You can be mindful while driving, eating, working, exercising, and everything that you do!
4. Nurture through nature
Spending time in nature boosts positive emotions and feelings of calmness, joy, and creativity that nurture our mind and body. Also, it manifests the greatness that exists around you and the value it imparts to your life, helping you enjoy every small and big thing that surrounds you.
Besides helping you improve your spiritual health, nature also elevates your physical and mental health.
The fresh air outdoors benefits the mind by reducing negative emotions that often give rise to anxiety, depression, headaches, and insomnia.
Also, nature’s positivity impacts the body by reducing blood pressure and muscle tension and reducing the production of stress hormones.
Being surrounded by nature can help restore our ability to pay attention, which can be a much-needed asset, especially during a busy workday.
So, turn to nature when you want to nurture your mind, body, and spirit.
Benefits of Positivity Through Spirituality
As you go up the spiritual path, you will start feeling more positive and stop cribbing about lapses in your life. The increased positivity has a lot of benefits indeed; a few of them are:
- Your body heals better – One of the amazing benefits of positivity through spirituality includes an improved healing process. The body’s ability to heal itself can be amplified through simple spiritual positivity.
- Better psychological and physical well-being – The stress levels are reduced with positivity, which positively impacts the mind and body.
- Stress takes an enormous toll on the mind causing negative emotions such as anxiety and depression.
- Stress also causes an increase in the body’s stress hormones, weakening our immune system.
- Increased lifespan – Positivity with spirituality makes you feel happier and healthier, which helps improve and increase your life span.
So, take every moment, encounter, and thought as an opportunity to be intentionally good. Choose positivity through spirituality and start feeling the good vibrations today!
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