Spiritual Wellness

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.

Take action

  • 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

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*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