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What Does Spiritual Wellness Look Like When You're Not Religious?

Many dimensions of wellness exist that you must care for if you intend to maintain a healthy life. These dimensions include emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial. If you’re not religious, spiritual wellness might’ve stuck out to you as nonsensical. In reality, this wellness exists for everyone regardless of their religious beliefs.

Religious vs. Spiritual

Many people conflate the concepts of religion and spirituality. While they can relate to one another for some individuals, they’re not inherently linked. Because of the confusion, let’s go over standard definitions of “religious” and “spiritual.”

A religious person has a named and descript concept of god(s). Typically, they also engage with others who believe the same core tenets. They may engage in organized events and form a community.

A spiritual person seeks out or has a sense of peace, purpose, and connection with the world around them. They may find comfort in nature or in other people.

Secular Spiritual Wellness

There are three primary ways of engaging in spiritual self-care for people who don’t ascribe to a religion. You might find wellness through your environment, your mind, and your community.

#1. Time in Nature

Nature is an easy and accessible method for improving spiritual wellness. Regardless of your ability level, you can spend time in nature. For those with mobility limitations, you can sit and look at the plants and animals around you. Maybe you like to do gardening, helping grow nature further. If you prefer physical activity in nature, you can go on a hike.

No matter the method, by engaging in nature, you may find yourself connecting to the planet you live on. Plus, it only takes ten to twenty minutes of being in nature for it to positively impact your mental health.

#2. Meditation

Another method of caring for spiritual wellness is meditation. People who meditate engage in mindfulness, a technique especially helpful for people with mental health disorders and addiction. The goal of meditation is to feel peace and calm while remaining present in the moment. Not only does this help your spirituality, but it can also reduce overall stress.

#3. Helping Others

The last significant way to improve spiritual wellness as a non-religious person is by helping others. Volunteering can provide you with a sense of connection. You’ll start to realize you aren’t alone. Something as simple as a person smiling or saying “thank you” can build up your spiritual wellness. This isn’t the only way to help others, though.

When you get further in your mental health journey, you can engage with your alumni community and people newer in recovery. You can give back in a fulfilling way that could help save someone’s life.

If you’re a non-religious person trying to care for yourself, you may hesitate to engage in spiritual wellness. Due to the conflation of religion and spirituality, you might feel like it goes against your beliefs. In reality, spiritual wellness is about feeling peace, calm, and connection. At The Guest House, we support all our clients regardless of their religious beliefs. With our 52-acre property, you’ll have plenty of space to connect with your environment. Additionally, we offer meditation as a holistic therapy. Plus, our alumni community is thriving. Care for your wellness as you heal. Call us at (855) 483-7800.