Spiritual Self-Care Practices
Activities that nurture your spirit and allow you to think bigger than yourself. Spiritual self-care does not have to be religious, although for some it is.
The hustle and bustle of daily life in the modern world can take its toll on us. From professional duties to personal responsibilities – there’s a lot of work to do, and very little time to look after ourselves. However, not taking care of our bodies, minds, and souls can have devastating consequences in the long run.
Lack of self-care can make us less grateful, more anxious, and adversely change our worldview, which in turn has the potential of damaging important relationships. And, of course, the risks of developing physical ailments and illnesses are also radically increased when we don’t take care of ourselves.
So, if you’ve been recently thinking of paying more attention to yourself than you have been, read on to know the ten spiritual self-care practices you need to adopt today.
The problem with living a fast life is that once you live it for too long, you may forget to slow down, even when you need to. That’s why you need to meditate. Meditation allows the mind to catch a breath and slow thoughts down, so they can be processed more mindfully and rationally.
The long-term benefits of meditation include increased levels of patience and tolerance, along with a calmer outlook towards life.
We humans may have strayed far from nature and built a separate world for ourselves. However, that doesn’t change the fact that we are, indeed, an integral part of nature. Don’t believe it? Just go for a 15-minute nature walk, and you will.
Yoga’s benefits aren’t just spiritual – there are many mental and physical benefits to doing yoga as well. If you don’t know how to practice it, don’t worry. You can find several resources for free across the internet.
Yoga is a soothing way to improve your posture and balance. Yoga is a methodical practise of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation, diet control, and positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment.
Compassion and kindness are two qualities that aren’t found easily in a world where the rat race dominates all walks of life. However, when they are, they feel good – not just for the giver, but for the receiver as well. So, practice giving as much as you can to those in need.
Take a break from technology
Smartphones and other mobile devices allow us to keep ourselves entertained round-the-clock. But do you think it’s a good idea to keep your brain stimulated every waking moment? Once in a while, switch off your phone and spend an hour or two without any screen time. Also, refrain from going to bed with your smartphone.
Consume uplifting art and entertainment
Art and entertainment can be both positive and negative. While dark entertainment has found many takers in the modern world, only consuming disturbing information is bound to hamper your mental and spiritual well-being. That’s why you should mostly stick to art and entertainment that’s positive and uplifting.
There are many ways to engage in arts and improve your mental health:
- Art and health programmes led by artists and musicians can deliver health benefits through participatory arts programmes and arts engagement in everyday life.
- When we talk about the arts, we include visual and performing arts, such as traditional craft, sculpture, digital art, text, dance, film, literature, music, singing, gardening and the culinary arts.
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Maintain a journal
The whirlwind of emotions that we experience on an everyday basis often needs to be released through some form of expression. The easiest way to express your thoughts and emotions is to maintain a journal. It will help you let go of the negative energies within and retain the positive vibes.
Learn to value silence
Having opinions is important, but voicing them out everywhere all the time isn’t necessary. Appreciate silence, for it is in silence that you truly learn to contemplate, introspect, and reflect.
The judgment of others is handed out too easily and quickly in today’s times. However, judging people all the time breeds negativity. So, judge less and be more inclusive of others and their opinions.
Judging others can decrease your ability to authentically connect. If you are struggling with letting go of your automatic negative judgments, counselling can help. When you approach others with empathic understanding and curiosity, your relationships and emotional well-being will improve.
Find your tribe
You need your family, but you also need your tribe, i.e., a community where you feel welcome and free to express yourself. So, go out there and be a part of more than just your professional team.