Spiritual wellness in the workplace is important to your overall health, even if it might initially sound a little ‘out there!’ Spiritual wellness refers to feelings of life having purpose and meaning. When we’re going through challenging times, spiritual wellness can help ground us in our values. It gives us resiliency, inner peace, and helps relieve stress — at work or at home.
Why is Spiritual Wellness Important?
Health isn’t just about your physical body, it’s your mental and spiritual wellness too! When we’re spiritually healthy, we have more strength and tools to deal with challenges that arise. While we can’t control what happens in the world–global pandemics, civil unrest across the nation, unreasonable expectations at work, the list goes on! We can control our feelings and reactions to those stressors. When work deadlines or the state of the world bring you into a mindset of stress and anxiety, spiritual practices can help bring you back to a centered, calm state. When we align ourselves with our spiritual wellness through spiritual practices, we get more clarity in our daily choices, our actions become more consistent with our values, and we generally feel more stable and certain.
What is Spiritual Wellness in the Workplace?
Spiritual practices have many physical and mental benefits, says research from the Life Med Well. It can help our mental health, by controlling the secretion of certain stress hormones. It’s proven to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression, which are huge issues faced by much of the workforce. Relieving stress at work isn’t the only benefit! Surprisingly, people who are spiritually healthy live longer and are on average sick less frequently.
So, wondering how to start reaping all these benefits? Begin to cultivate your spiritual wellness in the workplace today — it’s simple and easy to start.
#1 Journal for Self introspection
Writing in a journal can be a great way to get in touch with yourself more deeply. Explore your values, plan your week around what matters to you, or simply write out how you’re feeling. Intermountain Healthcare cites journaling as a great way to relieve stress at work, boost your office mood, improve your overall emotional wellness, and more! You don’t have to be writing the next great screenplay or novel, this is just for you. So don’t worry about your grammar or spelling, simply write what you feel. This spiritual wellness practice can boost your workplace wellness and all it takes is a quick break and keeping a journal on hand in your desk!
Determine your current spiritual well-being by asking yourself these questions, as a journal prompt
- Do I make time for relaxation in my day?
- Are my decisions and actions guided by my values?
- Do I feel a sense of connection with those around me?
- Even when faced with challenges, do I think positively?
- Do I feel a sense of purpose in my life?
#2 Begin your Meditation Journey
Meditation is all about quieting the mind and relaxing the body. It has a powerful impact on your ability to focus, tune in to how you’re feeling, and relieve stress at work. That’s why meditation has a place supporting spiritual wellness in the workplace! Meditation has many benefits on both mental and physical health.Explore these benefits in even a short 10 minute session — simply step outside or find a quiet place to close your eyes.
If you’ve never tried meditation before and are curious about exploring a meditation practice, get started with our virtual sessions, led by talented practitioners! They will guide you through the basics of meditation, and lead you into a deeper practice.
#3 Develop a Yoga Practice
The word “yoga” means union, and the practice integrates mind, body and soul. It is used to care for the entire body, and is beneficial for overall health, along with caring for many different illnesses and conditions. Yoga has been proven time and time again to dramatically reduce stress, so it’s a great tool to introduce spiritual wellness in the workplace. It’s an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years, and including it in your office culture can have huge stress busting, connection building benefits! Many companies are starting to include yoga classes as part of their wellness programs, and virtual yoga sessions are starting to catch on as an easy way to introduce yoga, no matter where you work.
#4 Community Connection
Connection with like-minded people can help build your spiritual wellness in the workplace. Finding a professional or personal mentor can provide meaningful connections. Joining a group that fits with your beliefs and getting involved is another powerful way to create connection. Volunteering is a great way to give back and become part of a community. Even better if you can get your whole company involved! The opportunities are endless, and the most important thing is to get out there and connect.
Spiritual wellness in the workplace is an easily overlooked, but essential part of your holistic wellbeing. Addressing your stress levels from every angle means you’ll be feeling better fast. So consider adding a spiritual practice into your weekly (or even daily!) routine to start reaping the benefits.