Spiritual wellness involves our set of beliefs, principles, and values that help give direction to our lives. It is seeking meaning and purpose in our every day lives, which ultimately encourages wellness. Topics may include compassion, morals, values, spirituality, meditation, beliefs, gratitude, self-understanding, and being at peace with nature.
Why it is important?
A spiritually well person seeks harmony between what lies within as well as the forces outside. You may find your spiritual home in your current faith tradition, or you may seek out a different religious organization. Others may find spirituality in nature or meditation, rather than in a place of worship. It is less important where you find support for your spiritual side, than it is to find a spiritual practice that supports you.
According to studies, spiritual wellness can:
- Reduce anxiety, stress, anger and depression
- Enhance the quality of your life
- Increase feelings of inner peace and hope
What can you do to enhance your spiritual wellness?
Well, that’s not an easy question, because it has a lot of answers. So here are some suggestions and ideas that I have used to improve my spiritual wellness.
A shortlist of strategies to enhance your spiritual wellness could be:
- Grow your relationships with others by spending quality time with loved ones.
- Connect with nature – go for a walk in nature and practice mindfulness.
- Take time for quiet reflection or prayer.
- Explore faith services in the local community.
- Have an open discussion about values with friends, partner, or family members.
- Choose hobbies or activities that allow you to explore meaning and purpose
More specific options are within your heart, and you should consider what is best for you.
- Take a conscious walk with nature
One of the easiest spiritual wellness practices you can do is to simply walk slowly and mindfully outside; you can practice this in a forest, on a beach, or even in a neighborhood park. As you walk, try to notice the feeling of your feet on the ground, the air on your skin, and your breath in your lungs. As you appreciate nature’s beauty, you’ll likely feel yourself naturally beginning to release stress.
- Work with crystals to increase positive emotions
Crystals, such as clear quartz and tourmaline (to name a few), can help to balance your chakras, remove negative energy, connect you to the spirit world, and increase positive emotions. You can carry small crystals with you or place them around your house. Here is a small selection of different crystals and their uses:
- Clear quartz:helps to balance all chakras.
- Black tourmaline:helps to remove negative energy from the body and from your space.
- Labradorite:helps you to connect with your spiritual team and Source energy.
- Citrine:increases joy.
- Green Aventurine:Helps attract good lucks and abundance.
- Do mindfulness meditation for 5 minutes daily
You don’t have to sit motionless for hours in lotus pose, or achieve spiritual enlightenment, to enjoy meditation’s spiritual benefits! You can start by sitting for just five minutes in order to build your mindfulness muscle. All you have to do is sit quietly, try not to fidget too much, and notice the thoughts and feelings that arise when you become still. You’ll be surprised at the patterns you begin to notice and break!
- Clear your space through smudging
Smudging is the practice of burning sacred plants, and using the smoke to cleanse any negative energy lingering in your body or in a space. The number of plants, incenses, and resins you can burn to smudge a space is endless, but if you’re new to smudging, you might start by burning sage, mugwort, frankincense, or palo santo.
- Dance to release stuck energy
Yes, simply dancing around your living room can be used as a spiritual practice! For some people, dancing helps to release stuck energy and learn to express their true selves. For starters, try playing some upbeat music and simply letting yourself move like no one is watching.
- Practice earthing or grounding
Our bodies possess a magnetic energy field, as does the Earth. When we physically connect ourselves with mother Earth, we tune into her safe, loving frequency. If you’re feeling drained, or blocked in your root chakra, try grounding: walk barefoot on the Earth, sit on the ground, or place your hands on a tree!
- Journal for self-reflection
Journaling is a quick and easy spiritual practice that you can do just about anywhere. It helps you to become more mindful of your daily swirl of thoughts and feelings– putting these on paper helps you to begin to identify patterns. For a super-simple journaling practice, try writing for five minutes about any worries or stressors on your mind today.
- Take salt baths
Salt of any variety works similar to clear quartz crystals; it sucks up negative vibes and balances the energy of a space. Thus, bathing in either sea salt or epsom salt can help you to remove the day’s stress and negativity from your body. Not to mention, the warm water will soothe your nervous system, and a quiet, calm environment will help you to practice mindfulness.
Also whenever you take a bath or shower, make it a conscious one. Be fully present and feel the water touching your skin and washing away all the heavy energy leaving your light and refreshed.
- Start a cacao ritual
Cacao – the stuff that chocolate is made of– contains physical properties such as anandamide, which lifts moods, stretches heart chakras open and helps you to enter into a more loving and creative state of mind. You can find raw, organic cacao paste online (make sure that it is ethically sourced!) and make a cacao drink out of it using a recipe such as this one.
- Practice breathwork
There are a handful of varieties of breathwork exercises out there, the most common of which is a simple rhythm of inhaling and exhaling rapidly without pause in between or the Pranayama exercise of alternative nostril breathing. It seems simple, but practicing breathwork under a facilitator’s guidance can lead to massive insights, nervous system healing, and spiritual connection.
Some simple breathing techniques you can try out:
- Full Moon rituals
The moon’s phases can help you to set a sort of “calendar” for your spiritual practices. The new moon is a great time for setting new intentions for the month ahead– try journaling during this time of the month. On the other hand, the full moon helps you to release any stagnant energy. Salt baths, working with crystals, and smudging are great rituals to use during the full moon.
- Practice taking mindful breaks throughout the day
For the most part, your attention is lost in your thoughts. Mindfulness is simple way to break this default pattern and come to the present moment. Get into the habit of taking a few mindful breaths every now and then as your day progresses. You can also engage in other simple mindful activities like becoming aware of your body, walking, and eating mindfully, becoming aware of your sense perceptions and your surroundings.
Staying mindful all the time is not possible, but you can get into the habit of having mindful minutes throughout the day.
- Conscious relaxation
Consciously relaxing your body can be a powerful spiritual activity that promotes deep healing and rejuvenation. This simply involves bringing your attention into your body, feeling your body consciously and relaxing body parts that are tense by letting go. If you want more details on how to consciously relax your body, you can read this in-depth article.
- Work with uplifting scents
Experiment with natural scents (as in essential oils) and find out scents that uplift your spirit. Diffuse these scents to enhance relaxation and healing.
- Spiritual chanting
The vibrations that run through your body when chanting mantras can be deeply healing and rejuvenating. One of the easiest mantras you can learn to chant is the AUM (or OM) mantra. As you chant this mantra, focus your attention on the sound of the mantra and vibrations produced in your body. Just 5 to 10 chants every day is enough to fully rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
- Drink spiritual teas with herbs
Different teas can also help different chakras in your body. For instance, peppermint tea can help open your throat chakra and enhance communication and creativity. Similarly, rose tea enhances love and opens your heart chakra.
- Create a meditation altar or sacred space
Build a sacred space in your home where you can think, meditate, chant, and relax. This could be a meditation altar or simply an empty space dedicated to spending some spiritual time. Fill this space with items that you find raises your vibration.
- Connect with mother earth
Gardening, walking barefoot, going into nature etc. are all various ways you can connect with mother earth. This is one of the easiest ways to release all the negative energy in your body and ground yourself.
- Get outdoors
Nature has a profound effect on your mental health. Use green spaces to further your spiritual self-care through outdoor activities like hiking, going for a stroll, wild swimming, butterfly gardens, and lily pad gardens and more.
- Declutter your space
Just like you need to declutter your mind of limiting thoughts, you need to declutter your space of all the accumulated stuff that you no longer need or use. Declutter one a week or at-least once a month and throw away all the junk that only occupy space but have no real value in your life.
- Reignite your sense of wonder
We live in a universe that is unfathomable to the human mind. But that does not mean you let go of your sense of wonder. Spend time wondering about this universe and everything there is in it. In this wonder, you might discover some amazing truths of life.
- Stop consuming negative media
Slowly let go of your addiction to media. The media is designed to feed you stories that keep you hooked on an emotional level. Realize this and slowly come out of this habit. Consume stuff that is uplifting instead of stuff that drains your energy.
When it comes to your spiritual practice, it’s going to look differently for you than it does for anyone else; luckily, there exist tons of options for you to choose from. Remember that you don’t have to do any practice which doesn’t resonate with you! Just pick the ones that feel good and practice them at a time that feels right to you. If it feels good, it does good!