Most of us don’t spend much time worrying about our spiritual health, generally due to the fact that we’re too busy working, raising a family, running a household, and dealing with more immediate problems. But maladies of the spirit can plague you for years, making every moment of your life more difficult than it needs to be. So you might want to think about taking the time now to assess your state of spiritual health and potentially improve your whole life along the way. Here are some tips to help you maintain your spiritual health.
- Learn to say no. We often get so inundated with requests for our time, attention, and energy that we end up with little left for ourselves. But this is not the fault of the people asking – it’s you who decides how your time will be spent. If you want to take care of yourself, you need to make sure you’re a top priority in your own life. This means learning to say no to unnecessary obligations. There are some things you can’t say no to, of course – your job, some family obligations, and so on. But if you start evaluating your schedule, you’ll probably find plenty of things you do for others that you could reasonably say no to in order to make time to do something for your physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.
- Listen to yourself. Nobody knows you better than you. But if you insist on ignoring the signals your body and mind are sending you, there’s a good chance you’ll wind up sick and/or suffering as a result. When you’re feeling fatigued, depressed, burned out, or otherwise ill in spirit, it’s time to take a step back and reassess the choices you’re making. Self-reflection isn’t always easy, but your body and mind have an amazing capacity to let you know when there’s a problem so that you can address it. Taking the time to consider why you’re feeling run down is one of the best ways to start down the path to spiritual wellness.
- Get some R&R. Recovery starts with first recognizing that you have a problem and then taking steps to correct it. Maintaining spiritual health is a process, and you can start your journey by making sure you’re getting adequate rest and finding time to relax and reboot. Massage, meditation, and other forms of relaxation can only help you to focus inward and soothe your spirit. And from there you might want to consider addressing your diet and adding exercise to improve your physical state as a precursor to maintaining spiritual health.
- Read and write. Input is a great way to assimilate new ideas and ways of thinking. So if you’re interested in spirituality, start reading what others have to say on the matter. Output, on the other hand, helps you to solidify your own ideas. So you should include both reading and writing as a means of carrying on a spiritual conversation with yourself.
- Join a community. Your spiritual health is not a fixed entity – there is always room to grow. And while you can do a lot on your own to strive for spiritual balance, there’s no reason not to consider some help along the way. Whether you contact an advisor at Oranum.com or you join a local religious group, you could find the advice and community support to help you stay spiritually healthy.