Spiritual Health relates to one's sense of inner peace
and well-being. While many link religiousness to spirituality, one can be spiritual without being religious. Spirituality relates directly to mindfulness, self-awareness, and morality that guide one's actions and interactions in everyday life.
Building Blocks for Spiritual Health
Faith and Religiousness
Faith, in terms of spiritual health, refers to the loyalty to and trust in a supernatural higher power, entity, or entities. Spiritual faith is often related to a system of religious beliefs, though one can be spiritual and have faith without being religious. Faith and religion can have a unifying social effect. The bond one feels towards a higher power through faith also represents a type of relationship. Faith and religiousness can influence a number of behaviors that impact one's health. Read more
Morality is a broad-reaching term referring to a system or code of conduct which view actions on a spectrum from right to wrong. These codes guide behaviors and treatment of others. Morality in its most basic form is rooted in avoiding or preventing harm to others, though more specific views of right versus wrong among individuals and groups. One's sense of morality is anchored in principles or ideas that shape beliefs, which become the values that guide actions. To act morally implies a belief and value for moral principles. Read more
Life Skills (Spiritual Health)
Life skills relating to spiritual health include equanimity, mindfulness, and self-awareness. Equanimity is a trait which allows one to be centered and level-headed in order to maintain calmness and stability. Mindfulness is often used in religious practices such as meditation or prayer, and is the act of being consciously aware of one's emotions, feelings, thoughts, and surroundings. Mindfulness is closely related to mental health and includes self-awareness, which is being mindful of oneself. Read more