SPIRITUAL HEALTH TIPS

 In Spirituality and Mindfulness

This month, we focus on our spiritual health! Not necessarily religion or religious faith, spirituality is relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit (Merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritual).

Spiritual Health 

(Township Journal, 2018)

  1. Spend more time alone (you’re a pretty nice person, right?) *
  2. Sleep more (Zzzzz)*
  3. Start meditating (I recommend searching ‘Breathe Easy’ app, install and you can simply breath slowly to calm stress, anxiety, rumination, panic attacks, and PTSD flashbacks* 

(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.breatheeasy)

  1. Compliment someone once a day (like I said, you’re a pretty nice person) *
  2. Take a walk (outside would be awesome) *
  3. Be grateful (think of three a day as part of your meditation. The ‘Bliss’ app offers a daily gratefulness exercise) *(BlissPositive Psychology trainer / Gratitude Journal https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bliss.phonegap)
  4. Spend time with people who think differently than you (and really hear them) *
  5. Accept and love yourself as you would a best friend (Treat yourself to the first 7 to start!) *

 We often look for the beauty in our surroundings without recognizing it in ourselves. A simple exercise you can do each morning is to look at yourself in the mirror and exclaim, “I’m beautiful!” Experiencing a positive spiritual health is important for caring for other’s spiritual health and health, in general(Hsiang-Chun, Tsung-Lan, Chin-Yen, & Ya-Chu, 2016).

“Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.”  Jack Kornfield (https://spiritualityhealth.com/quotes/jack-kornfield-on-self-acceptance)

Respectfully,

Linda Corigliano, RN, Mary Ellen Levine, RN and the Healthy Nurse Healthy New Jersey Team

References

Township Journal. (2018). Healthy you 2018, 21(03), p. 9. Retrieved at www.townshipjournal.com

Hsiang-Chun,L., Tsung-Lan, C., Chin-Yen, H., and Ya-Chu, H. (2016). The impact of nurses’ spiritual health on their attitudes toward spiritual care, professional commitment, and caring. Nursing Outlook, 64(3), p. 215-224. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2015.11.012

*Parenthetical phrases were added.

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