For many people, maintaining a strong spiritual sense of well-being isn’t possible without spiritual wellness. Considering the frenetic pace of life these days, spiritual wellness and the inner peace that comes with it can be very difficult to achieve. However, a few minor changes in your day-to-day health routine can put you on the road to self-fulfillment. Here are a few suggestions to help put you on the path to self-realization.
The act of mindfulness can be a confusing concept for some people. Put simply, mindfulness means being fully, consciously aware of your thoughts and actions instead of defaulting to the same old knee-jerk emotional response when you’re stuck at a train crossing or buried five deep in the checkout line at the grocery store. These are frustrations that can elicit strong, negative emotional responses and drive your stress level through the roof. How you respond to them determines how successful you are at finding spiritual wellness.
Being mindful means you’re capable of being non-judgmental, and that’s the beginning of wisdom and inner-peace. Meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy are two very good ways to learn the healthy self-discipline of mindfulness.
Out with the Bad
Ultimately, you have control of your own environment, even though it may not seem that way sometimes. One of the first things you can do to alter your mental routine is to eliminate the negative stimuli that streams into your consciousness every day. That could mean anything from avoiding news you find upsetting (and over which you have a tendency to obsess) to interactions with a fellow employee who spreads rumors and says hurtful things about others. These are toxic elements that should be eliminated if you’re going to achieve inner peace. Replace the negative factors with positive habits, such as listening to music that inspires you or watching movies that leave you feeling upbeat. Consider doing an “audit” of your personal environment — identify those things that generate negativity and hold you back, then replace them.
Making a mind-body connection is key to achieving mindfulness. One flows into the other — you can’t find balance if your body is in poor physical condition, just as it’s impossible to find inner-peace if your psychological state is compromised. Getting regular exercise — whatever exercise you enjoy — alleviates stress and enhances your sense of personal well-being. Exercise causes you to feel happy because it activates feel-good endorphins in the brain.
Set aside 30 minutes a day for some form of exercise, whether it’s walking in the park, doing stretching exercises, or joining a yoga class. In fact, recent research has found that just 10 minutes a day of cardio exercise can make a substantial difference in your happiness level. If you don’t understand why you can’t overcome stress and general feelings of discontent, it may be because you’re neglecting the physical side of your health quotient.
Destress Your Home
Studies have shown that a cluttered home environment contributes to stress. An orderly home appeals to one’s sense of order, making you feel confident and in charge of your living environment. Clutter undermines your ability to focus and process information, which makes it difficult to accomplish things. Consequently, you feel incomplete, at odds with your surroundings and less competent. Go through your belongings one room at a time, taking the time to do a thorough job, until you’ve created an organized living space.
Showing compassion toward others is an important path to spiritual happiness, and so is exercising self-compassion and being tolerant and forgiving of yourself. Many of us tend to be overly self-critical, insisting on perfection and setting impossible standards that only elevate our stress. It’s not possible to find spiritual wellness if you’re practicing self-abuse.
Traveling the path to self-realization takes time and diligence, but spiritual wellness can be achieved through changes in your daily mental and physical health routines. Altering your mindset and getting the exercise you need are the kinds of changes necessary to find happiness.