Take Care of Your Spirit

Mental Health America offers these tips on its “Live Your Life Well” campaign website

Eat your veggies. Get enough rest. Exercise. Those are clear suggestions. But how do we nurture our spirit? One way is to think of spirituality as connecting to whatever we consider meaningful and holy. Some may find it in God, others in themselves, other people, nature, art or kindness. Spirituality offers many possible benefits, including a better mood, less anxiety and depression, and even fewer aches and illnesses.

Why is this? It seems that spirituality cuts the stress that so often triggers disease. Of course, spirituality isn’t like medicine —“just take one dose of prayer daily”— but there are some things you can do to boost your spirit:

  • Try meditation. Research shows that meditation can help with anxiety and depression, chronic pain, asthma, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • Keep a journal to help you express your deepest thoughts and feelings.
  • Read inspiring stories or essays to unearth insights and philosophies that can enrich your life.
  • Nurture your spirit with nature, music, art or whatever sounds appealing. Take a walk at Torrey Pines or enjoy the gardens at Balboa Park!
  • Look at what’s good in yourself and others.
  • Volunteer with a religious group or charity.
  • Focus on your goals, values and beliefs. What brings you hope, joy and comfort? What do you care about most? How can you make a difference in the world?

Information courtesy of Mental Health America: www.mentalhealthamerica.net