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In managing our bodies, we leave our souls somewhere in tatters. Just like our body needs daily bathing, dressing, and care, the soul needs no lesser. It needs to be taken care of with the same vigor. Health is defined by physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. If a person excels in each of the areas, he/she is living a healthier life.
Practicing spiritual higher power is in many ways different from spiritual activities. Even if one is not religious and can’t offer religious services, they can still engage in spiritual self care activities.
In simple words, spiritual self care practices involve sparing time for yourself from your daily schedule to rejuvenate your soul.
But you must be wondering, where should I start?
Yes, think about what your mind truly thrives for. What does it ask for that you have been ignoring for a while? And above all, when was the last time you did something that truly made you happy?
This will help you realize your Elixir for life.
Here, I will enlist several activities to add up to the cause and aid you in your journey for spiritual well-being.
Yoga is a form of exercise prevalent in India. It has its connection to the Puranic textbook of Indian civilizations. Many sages who were Yoga gurus are said to have lived for eternity.
Yoga plays a huge role in harmonizing mind, body, and spirit. Different forms of Yoga have different health benefits, some being known to heal many chronic diseases. Along with its physical benefits, it channels emotions through different Yogasans and nourishes the soul.
Start your day with the Suryanamskar (Sun-greeting) and Pranayam. Pick a calm, green place to practice daily. Set aside a few minutes a day at a fixed time for this. Building a healthy routine is your first step towards spiritual self care.
2. Practice Meditation
Ever found yourself unable to sleep at night? Meditation is the perfect cure to calm your mind and body to get a good night’s rest. Buddha meditated for 7 weeks and found all the answers. Everything that you seek is within yourself.
If you stop all activities and pay attention to what your body and soul have to say, you will surely get all you want to know. This helps connects your body and the emotion stored deep within.
Regular meditation practice over time will certainly help you learn to accept life as it is, and you will feel recharged from within. Thus, your journey to spiritual self care is interspersed with self-care and rejuvenation.
3. Connect With Your family and Friends
The world seems cruel and hard to live in when you lose your friends and family. Both friends and family play an immense role in shaping us to be the individual we are.
In the journey of building a life and a career, we often leave them behind. Nevertheless, there is always a second chance to come out of your comfort zone and approach your friends and families. Sometimes, a conversation is all you need to set things right and cherish your soul and mind.
Never miss out on a chance to connect with new people. Try interacting with your neighbors and colleagues, share laughs, offer support, engage in healthy discussions. Build your tribe, be part of a healthy community that you can turn to for emotional support, or discuss politics with no adverse consequences!
There are thousands of communities and forums you could connect with. Attend cultural gatherings, join a book club, attend a game night or host one, or share something you are interested in.
Make an effort to work on what interests you, and a positive change is guaranteed.
4. Join a Gym or Go for a Walk
Walking and Gymming are physical activities you can substitute for Yoga. Gymming can help you achieve body positivity, attain self-confidence, and upgrade to a healthier lifestyle.
Walking is an underrated physical activity, but it has numerous health benefits and is suitable for all age groups. Always pick a place that resonates serenity and is close to nature. As the fresh air reaches your lung and each body cell, it nourishes your senses, refreshes your mind and soul, and aids physical and mental well-being.
Walking is also a great way to meet new people while spending time in nature, both essential characteristics of spiritual self care.
5. Cleanse Your Space
Cleansing your space extends to materials and people. A general thumb rule for spiritual self care is to surround yourself with those who spread positive vibes. Keep your space free of clutter as a cluttered room reflects a cluttered mind. Freeing your space of the clutter will help you clear up your mind.
Many incensed and perfumed materials like incense, sage, and palo santo cedar can help channel positive energy. Make sure your environment is at optimum vibrational levels, wherein your soul can find peace.
The internet is a great source of information, but it can never defeat the power of books. Reading books will pour down many other perspectives, as they have the power to take you to a different world. Being surrounded by things you already know stops the growth of your mind.
The mind is fuelled by new information and constantly needs inspiration, so visit a book store and find books that motivate you. Make it a habit to read every time you go to bed, a step in the right direction towards spiritual self care.
Here are some great books that will motivate and inspire your journey towards spiritual self care:
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
- The Joy of Living by Eric Swanson and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Ten Commitments by David Simon
7. Take a Break
While extremely useful and an inevitable part of our lives, mobile phones are very addictive. Social media connects us to people and has turned the world into a global village, but it also creates feelings of envy where we ignore our blessed lives. This impacts our mental health more than we can imagine.
Our constant attention to the notification bell distracts us from reality. The simple solution to disengage from social media is disabling your notification bells or setting time limits for distracting applications. If this doesn’t help, you can fetch help from digital detoxes and other free resources to set aside time and unplug from technology, giving you time to heal and practice spiritual self care.
8. Don’t Bottle Up, Try Talking
Sometimes we are hung up on matters for so long instead of forgetting and forgiving the person associated. Life is too short to dwell in the past, so enjoy what’s coming rather than digging up the perils of yesterday.
Try forgiving the person because that is the only way you can truly let it go. Forgiving is when you truly attain peace and work with a peaceful mind, enabling the spiritual self care process.
There are several ways to help you forgive and move on, give them a try to gain a clear perspective and kickstart your spiritual journey.
9. Travel and Explore
Sometimes, all you need is a change of surroundings. Take out some spare time to book tickets for your favorite destination. Explore nature, new languages, people, and language, and surround yourself with the beauty of the world. Traveling to new destinations helps you broaden your horizons and expand your mind, increasing its absorbing power.
Spiritual self care can also be attained by visiting pilgrimage sites. Different religions around the world have different sites that spread peace and help you calm your nerves. Visiting such locations allow followers to step out and explore a different part of the world to discover their true self.
Ideas for Daily Spiritual Self Care
If you feel anxious or increased heartbeat rate, breathe in and out for 5-8 counts. This has a soothing effect that can reduce nervousness.
Put on a party song on your earphones and Dance until you are out of your breath. Sometimes, spiritual self care is all about getting it out of your system.
Talk to Yourself
Put yourself in situations and answer yourself. This way, you will find your fears and improve your responsivity to situations.
Take Healthy Meals
Pick a healthy diet and change your eating habits. The body’s good state is very important for spiritual self care, so avoid carbonated drinks and junk foods.
Give yourself a treat from time to time. The best way to reinforce healthy habits is to reward yourself. Eat what you like the most, dress up, or go to your favorite place, the key takeaway here is spending time for yourself.
Stop Loathing Yourself
Learn from your mistakes and move forward. Self-loathing is a toxic trait that can only affect you adversely.
In the end, I would only say that the day you would start valuing yourself, all your suffering shall come to an end. Mental Well being is as much important as physical well-being.
Spiritual self care is defined according to the person practicing it, so try and figure out what works for you. There is no exact right or wrong path to physical and emotional self-care. Just follow your heart and do what pleases you.