Spiritual Health addresses the human need to find meaning, ascribe to values, enjoy connection with others, and experience and appreciate a reality beyond the self. It is a dimension of health that affirms our meaning-making tendencies. Health Canada states that healthy living means making positive choices in all health dimensions including spiritual health.
What's happening here:
- Over 1 in 2 students felt things were hopeless at some point in the past year.
- Only 1 in 4 students feel interested in life on a daily basis
- 85% of of students felt overwhelmed at some point in the past year.
- 3 in 5 students felt very lonely at some point in the past year.
Spotlight on spiritual health
- Between ages 18-25, your life-guiding principles, aspirations, and sense of self are solidifying. During this time, the need for meaning-making becomes much stronger.
- This time of transition and exploration may bring anxiety and insecurity. The Spiritual Care office is able to provide support if this is your experience.
- While spirituality may include traditional forms of faith, it is not limited to this. Spirituality can be incorporated by anyone into all aspects of daily life.
- Consider the following questions:
- What gives you hope and strength?
- What helps you cope during difficult times?
- What sustains you?
- Try journaling, reading, or listening to music.
- Get in touch with nature or other forms of beauty.
- Express your creativity though things like music, art, dance, cooking, or gardening.
- Volunteer or perform simple acts of kindness.
- Work at forgiving yourself and others
- Take time to be silent through meditation, prayer, or contemplation.
- Take part in meaningful rituals – religious or otherwise.
- Join a support group.
Spiritual health resources
*Data compiled from spring 2016 NCHA survey.
Source: "Health Canada states that healthy living..." Government of Canada, 2017.
Sources and references are available at: umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/ncha-sources.html