7 Dimensions of Wellness: Spiritual Wellness
This year’s Connection Café Fall series is happy to present the 7 Dimensions of Wellness. The idea of wellness should not be limited to one idea, and that is why this series is covering the “Lifestyle Redesign” model, (Cassidy, et al, 2017). To learn about all the different areas, please register for sessions at go.osu.edu/ConnecttoWellness for Friday morning talks, and watch for more blogs.
Spiritual wellness might be one of the more commonly practiced types of wellness. This is because spiritual wellness does not mean following a specific religion or being spiritual, but the concept of mindfulness also falls under this category. Brown, et al, (2019), defines spiritual wellness as:
“Personal beliefs and values, having meaning and purpose, developing a sense of balance and peace.”
The idea behind improving spiritual wellness is helping you to identify a ‘purpose or driving force in life’. Luckily for us there are four practices in which a person can improve upon this dimension no matter what their beliefs are.
- Formal Religious- This might be the first thing someone would consider under spiritual wellness. Communing with others in religious practices, praying, meditating, and the studying of religious materials falls into this spiritual practice.
- Social Participation- Stepping outside of the realm of formal religion, social participation refers to building and maintaining relationships with people who help you grow and foster spiritual development.
- Nature-Based- Easy to understand, this practice style can be achieved by enjoying activities out in nature. This could be hiking, swimming, or spending time appreciating the outdoors with friends and family. You can also incorporate mindfulness by taking hikes and practice being present, noticing what is in your surroundings. https://healingforest.org/2017/07/03/10-natureconnectionactivities
- Mindfulness and Reflective- The concept of mindfulness is becoming more and more popular. Mindfulness practices include activities such as meditation, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, and deep breathing.
So how do we improve upon the spiritual wellness in our lives? Ask your self if you feel your spiritual needs are being met, and then set goals. Creating time for activities will help to increase your quality of life and decrease your stress. Many mindful and spiritual techniques only require a few minutes out of your day to practice. Remember to keep your wellness goals SMART; specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. If you still feel that you may need help identifying ways to incorporate the four different types of spiritual wellness, here are a few resources and examples:
- Ohio is filled with state parks where you can experience all that nature has to offer. https://www.stateparks.com/ohio_parks_and_recreation_destinations.html
- Diaphragmatic breathing exercise for relaxation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg2ar-7_HfA
- Ideas for everyday practice. https://www.goodnet.org/articles/8-simple-everyday-spiritual-practice-ideas