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The Importance of Self-Care: # 5 – Spiritual Self-Care

“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Spirituality means something different to everyone. The aim of this self-care topic is not to show a preference for one type spirituality practice over another. It isn’t about debating which dogma is best or worse; relevant or irrelevant. However you view spirituality is up to you. The goal is to make sure as caregivers we are allowing space for the practice because well-rounded self-care journey is essential. This area of self-care is just as important as any other.

Spiritual self-care is the practice of connecting to a higher power or meaning of existence.

No matter the path is taken for this self-care area it is about feeling a connection with something greater than yourself, whether it is God, nature, or the Universe as a whole. It is also about connecting with your inner self so you can harness a deeper energy when it’s needed the most during your most trying of circumstances.

Our goal is to nurture our souls the same way we nurture our bodies and minds.

How does spiritual self-care help us?

  • Reassures our beliefs
  • Gives us a sense of purpose and meaning
  • Helps you harness your own wisdom
  • A way to understand suffering
  • Builds deeper connections with others
  • A reminder of the good in yourself and others
  • Helps us stay positive
  • Helps us deal with tough times
  • Provides inner peace
  • Helps to accomplish other self-care habits
  • Lowers stress and anxiety

What can we do to practice spiritual self-care?

  • Gratitude lists
  • Join a local church
  • Volunteer
  • Meditate or do guided meditations
  • Learn to say “yes” to things you’re interested in doing
  • Learn to say “no” to things that don’t serve you and your goals
  • Find reasons to laugh
  • Take walks in nature
  • Be more affectionate
  • Learn to embrace chaos – everything doesn’t have to be perfect, just manageable
  • Use your story to help others
  • Read inspirational stories about other caregivers
  • Random acts of kindness
  • Try mindfulness in old spaces — spend lots of time at work, find something new you hadn’t noticed or speak with someone you’ve yet to be introduced to
  • Focus on relaxation
  • Take a day or two out of your week to do a social media detox
  • Visits museums and art galleries
  • Appreciate the little things
  • Listen to inspirational music
  • Gardening
  • Bird watching

What spiritual self-care activities would you like to share? Leave a comment and we’d love to hear what you do to foster your spiritual self-care.

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