Why Your Spiritual Health is Important: Taking care of every part of you.

What defines “you”? How do you think about the parts that comprise all of what makes you

yourself? Many of us get become hyper-focused on one area of our lives like our work or our

family role and lose sight a bit of all the intricate facets that make you, well, you. Your spiritual

health is a large part of what gives these facets meaning. Prioritizing your spiritual wellness can

look different for different people, but to constantly make it the last priority or to not think

about it at all will strip meaning from your life and make the ‘why’ behind what you do less and

less clear. At Remain Connected, we believe that taking care of all you includes your physical,

emotional, mental, and spiritual health. All of these work together to build better relationships,

clearer purpose, and a stronger sense of self. The question now is- how do we do that?

When I say spiritual health, what comes to mind? Early church services? Praying for hours? Your

spiritual wellness could, of course, include these things, but it’s truly all-encompassing. Spiritual

health is centered around our search as humans for deeper purpose and meaning in life. It is

directly related to our search for the big picture, the existential why, the fuel when the

circumstances around us don’t make much sense. If we’re spiritually healthy, we feel more

connected to people around us, we can align our actions better to our core values, and we

generally have more clarity surrounding making decisions. Spirituality can include religious

practices, but it can also meet you where you’re at in your faith journey. It can be anything that

relates to the care of a person’s spirit, however you think about that.

Whether you have set spiritual beliefs or not, there are several spiritual practices that anyone

can implement that will have a positive impact on your overall health. One such practice is

reading daily. Choose a book that will help you with contemplation, such as the Bible, daily

devotionals, a book of poetry, whichever you feel most connected to, and incorporate some

quiet time to reflect on the words you’re reading. This practice can grow your mindfulness- the

ability to stay present and grounded-especially if you focus on your breath and body as you

read. This practice for your health helps us practice ritual. Daily rituals contribute positively to

your spiritual health as they allow for a stable, reoccurring event to add meaning and order into

the daily chaos of life. Try to find a quiet place to read and try to read around the same time

every day.

Meditation is another daily spiritual practice that can further connect you to what you’re

reading or separately to a higher power that you believe in. Meditating creates space for self-

awareness and awareness of what’s going on around you in the spiritual realm. I know many of

us are intimidated by the practice of meditation, but even a simple 5 minute meditative

practice daily can immensely help your mental and spiritual health. Whether you’re mediating

as you read or on its own, you’ll practice focusing on your thoughts and allow greater space for

your emotions to come through. Meditating can help you calm your breath and give your body

a moment to rest, which often results in people feeling calmer, more hopeful, and better able

to take on the challenges of the day. There are amazing resources across Youtube and various

mediating apps that can help guide you if you don’t know where to start.

For those of you that have a relationship to God or a higher power, prayer is a vital way to stay

connected to your faith. Prayer is a powerful way to practice expressing your emotions verbally,

process events, build compassion, and practice gratitude. Your prayer can be structured or free-

form. If we look at examples of prayer from the Bible, they range from ordered like the Lord’s

Prayer in Matthew 6:9-12, to songs of prayer in the Psalms, to emotional and unfiltered prayers

of grief as David expressed. Prayer is our way to commune with God and to share our heart as

He shares His. It also helps us focus in on the big picture. This can look like expressing your love

to the Lord, expressing thanks for what you have, and asking Him questions about what’s to

come. We can practice casting our worries off onto God as it says in Psalm 55, which aids in our

overall calm and trust that He (Or your higher power) will provide for you.

One of my personal favorites to take care of my own spiritual health is writing-keeping any

form of a journal or written check-in for myself. Much like contemplative reading, writing can

bring us into a state of mindfulness. Journaling can help us think of our situations in new ways

as we write about them. If you’re honest as you write, most people report feeling lighter and

clearer on their feelings. So often our emotions can feel confusing living up in our head, with

racing thoughts and interjecting comments. Writing can help you organize the thoughts and

feelings into a story. Sharing a story is a part of what’s called narrative processing and can help

move events and emotions from your fight-or-flight brain system to your system of higher

reasoning. This helps foster better connection between the varying parts of your brain/body

and can help you to feel more in control of yourself and your thoughts. Writing can be an

incredibly cathartic experience, allowing things to come to surface that you may have

intentionally or unintentionally suppressed. A few daily questions I like to ask myself at the end

of the day and write on are 1) How did I feel connected? 2) How did I feel purposeful? 3) How

did I take care of myself? These three questions directly tie into your spiritual health and can

give you a reflection point for how aligned and connected you’re feeling to yourself, others,

and God.

Others have also found spiritual connection through getting outside in nature or getting

together with people they’re close to regularly. Any of these practices that expand your

awareness, help you feel part of community, and make you reflect on your purpose and values

in life are important. Your spiritual health directly impacts your emotional and mental health.

How can you feel emotionally well if you feel disconnected from yourself and others? How can

you mentally thrive if you don’t have clarity for the significance your life has or how to walk in

that? These spiritual practices not only make you feel better in the moment, they also help you

heal faster and be better people overall. If your spiritual health is something you’ve never

considered, don’t worry. Start small, maybe by implementing one of the aforementioned

practices into your routine. Check in with yourself and maybe an accountability buddy for how

you’re feeling or any new thoughts or questions that might arise as you’re exploring your

spirituality. Take your time and think of the investment of time and energy into your spiritual

wellness as an investment into yourself and into your chosen community.


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