Spirituality isn’t just about religion but about believing in something bigger than ourselves and connecting to the world around us. Whatever your personal view of spirituality, it’s been shown to play a positive role in recovery and relapse prevention. A sampling of the study-proven perks: fewer cravings, less anxiety, increased optimism, and a greater sense of social support.
Here are a few ways to make spirituality part of your every day:
- Carve out time for quiet contemplation. The easiest way to achieve this stillness is to meditate each day, even if only for a few minutes. You can also make a conscious effort to silence the chatter by turning off the radio while you’re driving or shutting down your cell for a given time each day.
- Spend time in nature. It’s perhaps one of the most spiritual things you can do – whether you go for a brisk walk or hike or just sit on your favorite park bench and observe the wonders around you.
- Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps you stay in the moment and fully become aware of your actions and feelings (good or bad). Try to truly experience all things you do during the day.
- Make your health a priority. Part of improving your spirituality is caring for your physical health – for example, eating better, exercising, quitting smoking, and managing stress better.
- Focus on your inner self. Dedicate 10 to 20 minutes per day to inward exploration, whether via prayer, meditation, or journaling.
A Spiritual Awakening at AJ’s House
A sense of spiritual emptiness is common for women struggling with substance use disorder. At AJ’s House, our addiction treatment helps female clients awaken their spirit and find their own inner path toward peace and happiness. To learn more, call 855-221-1717.