There are many different facets of our well being that can contribute to better mental health, especially for people struggling with psychological illnesses. Physical health such as diet, sleep and exercise and emotional health through therapy and social support can all contribute to improving mental health symptoms. However, spirituality can also be a crucial component to feeling more grounded and having a positive perspective on life.
Although spirituality is not traditionally incorporated into psychological treatment, many psychiatrists now believe that a spiritual practice can have a positive impact on those with mental health issues. Religion and spirituality are rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life which can help shape a person’s perspective in ways that help alleviate depression, anxiety and other problems. Spirituality can be a way to feel more connected either to a higher power, the universe or with other people.
Having a spiritual practice can help people generate a sense of peacefulness, forgiveness, and purpose in the world. It provides structure to their lives and can often involve a community where they can connect with others who want to fulfill their spiritual needs. Studies have shown that spirituality reduces suicide rates and substance abuse.
Spiritual teachings can provide people with guidelines to follow that can improve their lives such as forgiving and loving others, practicing compassion and gratitude and always doing what is right. Spirituality does not necessarily have to follow one specific religion and each individual can make their own choices regarding what they believe. Their spiritual practice can be something that they do on their own or with others who share similar beliefs.
Improving mental health symptoms should involve every aspect of a person’s well-being. Incorporating spirituality into a person’s life can be a helpful supplement to mental health treatment.