Spiritual self-care has become an increasingly popular topic as more and more people are searching for ways to find the calm amidst the chaos that typically rules their day. Exercising, socializing, getting enough sleep, and eating a healthy diet are all wonderful ways to practice self-care. But if you want to truly create a sustainable level of well-being, you may also want to cultivate an inner world of peace and serenity that connects you to something higher than yourself. Some call it God, others may prefer the term “Higher Power”.
This is where spiritual self-care comes in. Feeling balanced, calm, and connected with yourself and the world at a deep spiritual level allows you to enhance your inner power so you can show up in the world with meaning, ease, and grace.
But how do we practice self-care in a way that nourishes our spiritual thirst? As a meditation teacher and former counselor, I think about this quite a lot. In this article, I will share my thoughts on this issue. So, keep reading if you want to learn more about the meaning of spiritual self-care and what you might want to do to start your own self-care routine in this area
What Is Spiritual Self-Care?
Spiritual self-care is a practice that involves connecting with your higher or authentic self. It’s the part of you that is untouched by ego, fear, and limiting beliefs. As trauma expert, Dr. Gabor Mate says, “What we call the personality is often a jumble of genuine traits and adopted coping styles that do not reflect our true self at all but the loss of it.” 
When you are aligned with your higher self, you feel invigorated, secure, and free. With a consistent spiritual self-wellbeing practice, you can see through the borrowed beliefs and coping methods to your true self and your highest potential. You start to feel balanced and supported regardless of whatever chaos you may be dealing with.
How To Start A Spiritual Self-Care Routine
As with any successful self-care practice, the key to spiritual self-care is to find what feels good for you. If you already have a religious practice such as prayer or meditation that brings you peace, that’s great. Perhaps incorporating some new practices will help enhance your spiritual connection. If you have never really been a spiritual person and don’t know where to begin, that’s great, too. Play around with these spiritual self-care ideas and discover what clicks!
Begin A Meditation Practice
Simply put, meditation is an exercise in sitting with the mind – here in the present. It is a practice that allows you to become aware of your thoughts while you are having them. When you are aware of your thoughts, you become the observer. As the observer, you are able to understand that you – the real you, your true self – is separate from the chatter, the stories, and the limiting beliefs that your mind is usually chewing on.
With meditation, you begin to realize that you are not the thinker, but rather the observer of your mind. This realization created by the stillness is where you can begin to catch glimpses of your inner being, your higher self.
Spiritual teacher and psychologist Ram Dass famously said, “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story rather than the actor in it.”
With consistent practice, becoming a witness to your thoughts becomes easier and easier. The space that is created is where your true self can shine.
Go For A Gratitude Nature Walk
Nature and gratitude are excellent ways to practice spiritual self-care. When you feel deep appreciation for someone or something, it’s a signal that you are aligned with your higher self and power.
There are many ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Practices like positive affirmations and journaling exercises begin to condition your brain so that finding the silver lining in every situation becomes its default mode. When you’re able to reframe situations into opportunities for growth, the world becomes your oyster for evolution.
Additionally, spending time in nature is going to help ground you and enhance your connection to the constant peace within. Studies have shown that being in a natural environment positively impacts our stress levels . When we can relax, our thinking minds can take a break. When your mind isn’t spinning, it makes way for your higher self to come through and take the reins.
A wonderful practice for combining these two powerful methods is to take a gratitude walk in a natural setting. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your walk:
- Leave the headphones behind and do your best to stay in the moment and be attentive to your environment.
- Start simple. You don’t have to come up with anything poetic or profound. You can think about the fresh air you’re breathing, that cute way your dog was playing fetch with himself last night, or the nice compliment you received from a stranger the other day. If you feel appreciation, you’re on the right track.
- Lean into those pleasant feelings of appreciation and let them linger. As you continue to focus your attention on finding things to be grateful for, you’ll find that your mind automatically begins to pick up on things to appreciate. Gratitude becomes your default mode.
Another opportunity for spiritual development, based on a gratitude practice, is writing a gratitude journal to learn how to focus on the positive aspects of life, even when you face challenges. This can help you to embrace an attitude of joy, hope, and happiness that grounds you in the calming reality of what you have and who you are.
Want to try it out? This 52-WEEK GRATITUDE JOURNAL WITH PROMPTS might be a great way to start your gratitude-based self-care routine!
Make Your Faith Stronger Than Your Fear
Trust and faith are cornerstones of any spiritual practice. Faith is trusting that things are working out for you even if it doesn’t seem like it. Spiritual self-care helps you develop trust in that omnipresent energy that loves, creates, and connects everything and everyone.
When you are able to trust, you are able to surrender because you know that you’re always taken care of. If you’re new to spirituality, it can feel almost impossible to offer up your problems to a higher power. When you run into a tough situation, it can often feel like you’re in it alone and you have to figure everything out by yourself. If you’re feeling lost on how to surrender your problems, you can start with the willingness to consider how this could be happening for you.
“How Is This Happening For Me?”
This question is meant to reframe your perspective on difficult situations. The next time life throws you a curveball, try asking yourself, “How is this happening for me?” (as opposed to “against me”, for example). That can be tough to do, depending on how emotionally charged the situation is. Strong emotions build a lot of momentum that can feel challenging to overcome.
Try easing into this technique by contemplating a difficult event from your past that feels safe to explore. Take yourself through the memory but as it is unfolding, become the witness and look at how this challenging moment ended up benefiting you. For example, if you are reflecting on a past relationship where you were cheated on, perhaps you can see all the ways in which that relationship taught you how to love and value yourself.
When we are able to reframe life’s challenges in this way, it creates an intention that takes you out of your resistance towards the situation. When you’re able to release resistance, you clear a path for your highest potential and naturally shift into a solution-oriented headspace.
The beautiful thing about spiritual self-care is that it is unique to you. There are no rules or requirements for how to be spiritual. This is all about you and your connection to your higher power.
Through spiritual self-care, you can develop a connection that fosters an undercurrent of love and security. This comforting connection helps you feel guided and supported and you’re able to handle stressful situations with ease. Money problems, work stress, and relationship woes suddenly feel manageable. When your faith becomes stronger than your fear, you’re able to fully trust that everything is working out for your highest good. You know this because you’re no longer working on your own. You’ve got the power of your authentic, higher self to handle those tough moments with ease and grace.
The Bottom Line
Spiritual self-care helps us to connect with our authentic selves and Higher Power in meaningful ways. It helps us to trust ourselves and the world we live in so we may show up in our lives with a peaceful, grateful mind and a heart filled with a deep appreciation for ourselves and others. There are many ways to practice self-care, from starting a meditation or gratitude practice to focusing on our faith in the goodness of Love.
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Where To Go From Here?
If you consider yourself religious and/or are open to a Christian faith perspective, specifically, you might want to check out a new way of exploring Biblical truth statements in the form of positive affirmations to use in your daily self-affirmation practice.
Here is a beautifully designed e-book with 99 DAILY AFFIRMATION CARDS, based on encouraging quotes from the Bible, which you could use as one element in your spiritual self-care routine.