Spirituality And Its Many Health Benefits
Spirituality means different things to different people, but it generally includes a search for a deeper meaning in one’s life. Some people seek inspiration from the great outdoors or feel most alive when they are volunteering for social action. Others may worship at a synagogue, mosque or church. Regardless of the method of practice, several studies have shown that spirituality offers many benefits for staying healthy as well as for healing.
Enhanced Positive Outlook
Spirituality can be beneficial for coping with life stressors and with both physical and emotional pain. It also has the ability to bring families and friends closer together. For those who worship in a group setting, whether in-person or virtually, spirituality can offer a support network and help stave off feelings of isolation. Being a part of a spiritual community helps many people of all ages live happier, more productive lives.
Improved Fitness Levels and Self Confidence
For many people, taking a walk in a beautiful garden or participating in a yoga or tai chi class can be deeply relaxing and centering. Approaching fitness as a spiritual experience can lower blood pressure, boost mood and increase blood flow throughout the body and to the brain. Being a member of a spiritually-minded community can improve one’s positive outlook on life and provide added opportunities for socialization and communication.
Robust Immune System
Bacterial infections and viruses can be very dangerous for older adults. Finding ways to lower stress levels is very important at any age, because stress has been shown to to be detrimental to the immune system. Spirituality floods the brain with feel-good, immunity-boosting hormones that can be beneficial for fighting off viruses and infections.
Lower Risk of Disease
High blood pressure or hypertension is a primary contributor to health problems that can become life-threatening in older adults, such as stroke, heart disease or kidney disease. The positive feelings associated with spirituality can reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure.
Studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that people who identified as being religious or spiritual tended to live longer than others. Experts surmise that the many positive effects of spirituality described above may contribute to better overall well-being and may also translate to healthier lifestyle choices.
At a supportive community like Plush Mills, residents have ready access to enriching spiritual activities and engaging social programming. Our community provides an array of opportunities designed to enhance creativity, excite intellect and support emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an in-person or virtual tour.