Spiritual health is not the same as religion. It often reflects someones beliefs, values and culture.
Spirituality is important, but often unaddressed. Spiritual health is challenging to define, develop and maintain. But this aspect of wellness should not be underestimated. It’s said that an individual with high levels of spiritual wellness will experience increased physical, social and emotional health. Spirituality is something that is individual and person, not communal.
Organized religion and prayer are two concepts familiar to most in Western societies, and yes they can be part of spiritual health, but spiritual health can be more than that. Spiritual health can also consist of more broad concepts such as hope, purpose and peace.
Some common elements that tend to fall within the category of spiritual health include:
- Belief in a supreme being
- Unity with a greater force
- A guiding sense of meaning and value