Posted by Nisha Naik
Spiritual wellness means different things to different people. The most important part to remember, though, is that your life is a journey in which you continue to look for your own meaning and purpose. With our busy lives, it can be difficult to look at the bigger picture of our purpose when we are so preoccupied with taking care of all the small things that need to be accomplished each day.
That’s okay – there are some simple and easy habits you can work on that will help you make sure you are taking good care of your spiritual side – whatever that may mean to you.
Develop A Spiritual Routine
Whether you are religious and pray to a particular God or consider yourself more spiritual in nature, it helps to have a small routine to practice that will give you some spiritual comfort during your day.
You might not have time to go to church regularly, but you may have time to pray together as a family before dinner. If that wouldn’t work with your family’s schedule, you might try a short prayer of thanksgiving by yourself before you even get out of bed in the morning.
If you don’t pray or don’t believe in God but still want to take good care of your spiritual health, think about something simple you can do each day that warms your heart. If you’re an early riser, spend a few minutes enjoying the sunrise. You could also take 10 minutes to meditate or make it a practice to note a few things for which you are thankful each morning, or you can even just sit quietly and focus on your breaths – breathing deeply for a few minutes to get a bit grounded before your busy day.
Learn To Let Go
Another way to move toward inner peace is to learn to let go of things you can’t control. For people who are religious, that might mean understanding and accepting that God has your best interests in mind. Some people who don’t believe in God simply feel that the universe is looking out for them.
If you don’t believe at all in any higher power, think about the fact that the universe is random and sometimes good things happen and sometimes bad things happen. Some events might not seem fair, but they cannot be controlled or predicted, so you have to learn to roll with it.
Whatever your beliefs may be, you have to understand that regardless of how much you may want to control people and events in your life, it’s impossible.
Learning to let go of the things you can’t control allows you to focus on the positive things in your life. And when you are consistently focused on the positive, you’ll be much better equipped to handle the tough times as they arise.
Live In The Present
If you spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, the one thing you will certainly miss is the present.
You might have regrets about things you wish you had done differently in the past. While it’s good to learn a lesson from regrets, you also have to put those things in the past – learn from them and move on.
Or maybe you are someone who worries about the future. If so, read my article, “4 Ways To Stop Worrying And Build Positive Energy“. You will learn that worrying is really a wasteful activity. It literally accomplishes nothing, and it puts your focus in the wrong direction (negativity instead of a positive solution).
But living in the present allows you to really enjoy whatever you are doing right now, and it also helps you to do it well. When you live in the present, you are better able to see things as they are, and you’re less likely to be being influenced by fears, anger, desires or regrets.
You can practice living in the present by making an effort to tap into your feelings as they unfold. Be more mindful of the specific thing you are doing, and try to limit your tendency to multi-task. Living mindfully in the present means that you pay attention to each individual thing you are doing, rather than doing several things at once.
Enjoy the scent and taste of your cup of coffee, without also reading the paper or cooking breakfast or checking your email at the same time. Savor the five minutes it takes to fix your daughter’s hair, without also talking with someone else, thinking about your To Do list or watching TV at the same time.
Living your busy life might make it difficult to slow down and find the beauty in the now, but if you make the effort to just do one thing at a time – at least occasionally during your day – you are likely to feel a stronger sense of connectedness to the people and the world around you.
Give Yourself 5 Minutes
If you can take just five minutes at the end of the day to tune into yourself, you can set a better path for tomorrow. Do a simple self-assessment before you go to sleep, and ask yourself a few questions:
- How am I feeling right now? What is my strongest feeling right now?
- Is it positive or negative?
- Is this how I want to feel at the end of the day?
- Is this how I typically feel at the end of the day, and am I okay with that?
This is a method to give yourself feedback about you and your life. It gives you a way to check that you are going in the direction you want. Listen to your answers and think about how you might change things if your predominant feeling is a negative one.
Think about why you’re feeling the way you are, what event(s) contributed to that feeling, and what changes you might make in order to eliminate those types of events – especially if they are regular occurrences.
Your emotions are a great tool to help guide your life, so try not to bury them or ignore them. Instead, take five minutes each day to really pay attention to your feelings, and you will gain insight into what’s working in your life, what isn’t, and where you need to make changes in order to find more peace.
There are so many little things you can do to help yourself find your own meaning and purpose and move toward inner peace, and that’s what spiritual wellness is all about. Take care of yourself, take care of your soul, and remember this is the only life you get, so keep working to find out exactly why you are here!