When it comes down to wellness, spiritual life is often neglected. Perhaps, many of us don’t even realize how important it is for our overall well-being. But let me tell you, spiritual life is one of the 3 pillars of good mental health. So you do need to take care of it, just as you take care (hopefully) of your mental and physical health. It’s called soul-care
There are many ways how you can do it. I will introduce you to my favorite practices and what I recommend to my clients. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to incorporate at least one of these into your routine.
Prayer or/and Meditation for soul-care
I am a Christian. I do pray on a regular basis. If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I also practice mindfulness. In fact, mindfulness is a part of my afternoon routine, that I find very therapeutic.
Prayer or meditation is your time to disconnect and go within. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time and doesn’t need to feel forced. The more you practice it, the more natural it will feel.
Therapist’s tip: find a quiet place away from distractions. Focus on your breathing and your bodily sensations. During the practice, you can also focus on the things you are grateful for. It is very beneficial to incorporate mindful moments throughout the day to ground yourself.
Time in nature
If you are one of those people who work in the office, it can be difficult to find time for walks in nature. I understand that. Still, try to find a few minutes to go outside, maybe walk or sit under the tree. Choose to spend time in nature during weekends. I always find there is something so healing about it.
Therapist’s tip: to make your short walks in nature even more beneficial, practice mindfulness. Turn off your phone and avoid distractions. Focus on what you see, and what you smell, while you are outside. This will not only calm you down but will also improve your focus.
Connecting with people
It doesn’t really matter whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. Humans are social beings and need connection. But to be able to call it soul-care this connection should be meaningful.
Have you ever noticed how deep, meaningful, conversations instantly make you feel better? It’s because most of us need that special time with other people when we feel heard and understood.
Therapist’s tip: I am biased, but if you don’t have anyone in your life who you can share your thoughts with, try therapy. It is not the same as family and friends, but it is better than not having anyone to talk to at all. I am serious, find yourself a good therapist!
Reading for soul-care
Reading is a big part of my spiritual journey. I love books about self-improvement and growth. I also start my mornings by reading God’s word.
To see the benefits of reading, you don’t need to read a lot. It’s great if you do, though! But if you don’t have time, reading a page or two of something inspiring/spiritual a day will most likely be helpful.
Therapist’s tip: I recommend reading in the morning or in the evening before bed. Replace scrolling with a book!
Listening to uplifting music
Last but certainly not least, play uplifting music whenever you get a chance. You can do it in the car or whenever you are getting ready for work. Different people like different music but I would like to encourage you to avoid dark and sad music. Of course, there is a time and place for it, but on a regular basis, you want your heart and soul to sing!
Therapist’s tip: listen to music while you are walking in nature or meditating.
Alright, here are my favorite ideas for soul-care. Do you have something that you enjoy doing for soul-care? Share below. As always, spread the word by sharing this message with anyone who needs it at this time.
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