These last couple of months have been tough on each of us. From closing businesses, shops and restaurants, sicknesses, deaths and lockdowns, loneliness and frustration, lack of human interaction, remote work or job losses, we went on a harsh roller coaster ride. And it still doesn't look like we've got to the end of the ride yet.
As a result, many of us have started to loose touch with ourselves, just taking care of the basic requirements, a minimum routine, sometimes not even getting dressed, leaving ourselves in half awake state of mind.
We probably practiced some health care routine to maintain a reasonable level of functionality. We even found new ways to do some kind of fitness training or exercise. If we were lucky enough, we walked dogs or were able to go jogging.
We also probably barely managed to keep our heads above the water, but hurting our core and stepping on our sanity.
How many of us did really take care of our spiritual needs? Churches and religious gathering were closed, yoga center doors remain shut, group support meetings got cancelled.
We can only do this for so long and I'm sure you've noticed we've kind of hit the wall by now. Home terror has increased, violence to women peaked, and there was no escape, nowhere to hide or resources to tap into.
In order to live a happy and thriving life, all of our aspects (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual) must be acknowledged in order to maintain overall well-being.
Emotional and spiritual well-being have a deep influence that trickles down into and impacts the mental and physical body. We must make concerted efforts to seek out ways to nourish this part of ourselves.
Taking time for spiritual selfcare is soul-fulfilling. It actually encourages introspection and offers clarity and comfort. A practice in spiritual self-care quiets the mind and helps to calm the turbulence within, leaving space to begin feeling and honoring what our heart yearns for, and having the courage to take the necessary action for good change.
So take a minute to look inside yourself, have a look at your life right now and honestly confirm you did take the best care of yourself, both internally and externally, mentally and physically. Eating, drinking and exercising is a great way to start, but the inner you is lacking some attention. We're more than flesh and bones.
If you are wondering why this should matter to you, research results also indicate that higher levels of religious faith and spirituality were associated with a more optimistic life orientation, greater perceived social support, higher resilience to stress, and lower levels of anxiety.
Spiritual self-care can help you to:
Improve relationships and connections with others
Experience more inner peace
Gain clarity on what makes you happy
Enhance feelings of oneness and universality
Diminish feelings of isolation and loneliness
Deepen relationship with self
And it is not a selfish act or thought to start to take care of yourself! On the contrary, loving yourself deepens your ability to care for others and broadens your capacity to love.
Taking care of your spirituality can assist in feelings of connectedness, oneness, and universality, helping diminish feelings of isolation and loneliness. Spiritual self-care might be achieved through:
Meditation (here a short video from The Mindful Movement)
Yoga (Self-Care Yoga video from Adrienne)
Clearing your space around you (see this short video on how to declutter your space)
Donating your time to a worthy cause
Spending time in solitude in nature (and if you can't go out, try this video)
It’s important to stay present and accept pleasure and pain as part of our journey to spiritual health and balance. It takes concerted effort and discipline to begin exploring the truth of who we are and creating a stronger connection to our true self. Let's try one or two things from this list. Keeping it simple.
There is no right or wrong path. The most important thing is that we stay true to ourselves while implementing any self-care plan.
Remember you are a strong woman and you can do more than you think. Have faith!
Note : The information in this post is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.