Spiritual Wellness is a personal matter involving values and beliefs that provide a purpose in our lives. Everyone has different views on what spiritualism is. For some it maybe believing there is a higher purpose in life and for others it may involve believing in a God. Everyone has their own beliefs and there is no right or wrong.
Someone who is spiritual well has a sense of personal fulfillment, finds enjoyment in everyday life, and are able to feel compassion, love, and forgiveness towards others.
Spiritual Wellness is important because people are able to understand the difference between right and wrong actions, they are able to examine their personal values and beliefs and can make changes when needed. Studies have also shown people who have a higher spiritual wellness wether they believe in a god, go to church, mediate, or something else tend lower blood pressure, reduce risks of cardiovascular disease, decrees in stress levels, lower body mass index values, and are less likely to become depressed.
Spiritual Wellness Self-Assessment
Apply a number to each of these questions and then add the total up. The higher your score the more spiritually well you are.
Things that you can do to improve your spiritual wellness are
- Mediatate or practice yoga
- Join groups that you feel connected with
- Reflect at the end of the day
- Strengthen your inner core by asking yourself what kind of person you are and your meaning
- Release emotions and thoughts from your head. Do this in a positive manner such as physical activity or journal writting
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