Spiritual health and well-being are important components of overall health.
You can not achieve truly optimal health through physical health alone.
Spiritual practices need not have anything to do with religion – any activity that makes you feel more alive, more connected to others and to nature, less isolated, and more comfortable with change can be beneficial to your mental and physical health.
Here are eight ways to help enhance spiritual health and well-being. These are lifestyle practices that everyone can incorporate in order to age gracefully and fully enjoy the benefits of life. Each day, try to do the following as a way to connect with the elements around and within you.
1.Pay attention to your breath. Breath is our link to our life force that circulates through us and connects us. Try the “4-7-8 Breath” breathing. Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts & breathe out for 8 counts. If you can’t manage this at first build up to it.
2.Connect with nature. Try walking or sitting in a natural setting, whether a nature reserve, your garden or a city park. Allow yourself to slow down, drop your usual routines, and absorb the influence of nature.
3.Create a list of people in your life who make you feel more alive, happy, and optimistic. Make an effort to spend more time with them. Our spiritual selves resonate with others, and that connection is healing.
4.Bring flowers into your home and enjoy them.
5.Listen to music that you find inspring, energising and uplifting.
6.Admire a work of art that brings joy to your heart – a drawing, picture, painting or sculpture
7.Reach out and try to resume connection with someone from whom you are estranged; practice forgiveness.
8.Do some sort of service work. Give some of your time and energy to help others. The possibilities are endless.