Wellness — September 22, 2020 at 8:26 am

Spiritual Wellness


How often do you make time to listen to your inner voice? If your typical day consists of a flurry of activity leaving you pushing much of your to-do list to tomorrow, chances are you aren’t getting enough time to really think about why you’re doing it all in the first place. If this sounds remotely familiar, you might need to set aside some time for spiritual wellness.

This can be a sensitive topic for some, but spiritual wellness doesn’t equal spirituality. Think of it more as being part of something even greater than yourself. How do you connect with others? What moves and guides you in your actions and decisions?

There are many benefits according to the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care, some being stress reduction, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, better concentration and less depression. Whether you find this through traditional religion, affirmations, or just a few quiet moments to yourself here are a few tips to consider.

Make relaxation and contemplation a priority: Referring back to that to-do list, typically we accomplish the things we consider a priority first. By making it important you’re already changing your perception, giving it more of a chance to succeed. Find a time that works best for you to take 10-20 minutes a day to journal, meditate, pray, commune with nature, affirm or practice yoga to both relax and concentrate.

Explore your sense of purpose: Ever notice how much easier it is to get things done when you like what you’re doing or feel the value in it? Being part of a cause you feel strongly about, or helping with an activity can give you a more positive outlook. Reflect on what you’ve enjoyed doing in the past and what you were good at. Look for similar volunteer opportunities or find a new avenue in order to contribute to society.

Trust your instincts: If something doesn’t sit right with you, check in with yourself before making a decision that doesn’t stand by what you believe in. There may be times where you aren’t 100% sure. Your best bet is to look at your moral compass and if it doesn’t point in the direction of what you’re about to do, don’t do it. Values can also change, so make time to review what’s important to you and find mentorship through likeminded individuals.

By Maegan Carrasquillo, Staff Writer

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