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Wellness Series: How Seniors Can Build Their Spiritual Wellness

A senior man meditating in a park.

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

– Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Mental and physical wellness play an important role in your overall well-being. But there’s another dimension of wellness that often gets overlooked: Spiritual wellness. It’s the journey we all go on to search for our life’s purpose and meaning.

And while that thought might seem intimidating at first, having spiritual wellness can improve your quality of life. In fact, that notion is part of what makes Peabody Retirement Community so special. If you’re ready to see how you can develop some extra hope, positivity and purpose into your life, keep reading to discover five meaningful spiritual wellness activities.

What is Spiritual Wellness?

Before we dive into how you can improve your spiritual health, let’s define what it is. Spiritual wellness often gets labeled as religious belief. But spiritual wellness is actually about discovering a set of guiding principles or values that can give your life direction and purpose. Whether they include religious teachings or not is unique to everyone.

5 Ways to Build Your Spiritual Wellness

Unlike some of the other dimensions of wellness, spiritual wellness can feel more elusive. After all, your spiritual health isn’t something that you can measure. However, the Center for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness Care says that spiritual wellness have lasting positive effects on your well-being.

Everyone’s path to spiritual wellness is different. And to uncover what your personal principles and values are, we’d like to share five spiritual wellness activities for seniors.

1. Creativity and Expressing Yourself

Finding ways to express yourself are important to your spiritual health. Whether it’s a hobby or natural talent, being creative gives you an opportunity to be more open minded. If you’re not sure where to start, look at any upcoming events in your area. You never know what can spark a passion or interest.

2. Meditation

The great thing about meditation is that anyone can do it. All it takes is sitting in a comfortable seat and closing your eyes. If you’re a beginner, that’s okay. There are a wide variety of guided meditations that you can find online to help you get started. Meditation can give you unique insight into your spirituality and is connected to your intellectual wellness.

3. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It’s never too late to practice gratitude in your life. No matter how challenging times might become, there’s always something to be grateful for. Whether it’s your independence or family connections, you’ll be surprised at the difference gratitude can make in your life.

All you need to do to get started is to make it a habit of listing a few things you’re grateful for every morning. Before you know it, that positive feeling will start to follow you throughout your day.

4. Connect with Nature

Think about the last time you visited a national park or witnessed a scenic view. That feeling of wonder you get is linked to your spiritual health. Take some time to explore your local area for parks that you can enjoy. Regularly connecting with nature gives you the opportunity to nourish your spirit. And that perspective can help you reach a more fulfilling lifestyle.

5. Personal Reflection

Each day, you have the opportunity to reflect on the values that guide your life. While it may seem intimidating at first, there are a few questions that can help you get started:

  • What are my goals for this chapter of my life?
  • How can I practice my values more often in daily life?
  • What activities give me a sense of comfort and peace?

A Vibrant Lifestyle is Calling at Peabody

At Peabody, your health and wellness are a priority. Our senior living community can help you develop a higher sense of spiritual wellness. Our campus chaplain leads engaging activities such as services and bible study, providing more opportunities to connect with fellow residents and get the most out of your retirement years. To learn more about what your life can be at Peabody, contact us today.

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