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How to Improve Your Spiritual Wellness if You Don't Identify as Religious

Right alongside physical, emotional, and intellectual wellness on the 8 dimensions of wellness, is spiritual wellness. That’s right, it’s just as important as moving your body and dealing with stress. For those who are religious, spiritual wellness may seem a little more straight-forward than to someone like me, who doesn’t identify as religious. I’ve always tended to neglect spiritual wellness, thinking it’s “not for me,” and I can just live without it. After some quarantine reading, soul-searching, and keeping an open mind, I’ve found some practices that help me feel truly fulfilled, grounded, and secure. These are comforting feelings to have, especially nowadays, no matter your religious views.

One of my favorite first steps in grounding yourself is to identify your core values, or the traits that you connect with the most. Find a list of core values on the internet (like this one,) print it out, and highlight or circle the ones that you find most important. These are traits that can have a deep meaning to you, that remind you of who you are or who you strive to be. After you’re done, take a look at your list, and find a few traits that are the most important to you. Take some time to think about how you can continue to practice these traits in your life, or how you can implement new ways to practice them.

For example, one of my core values is authenticity. I try to set intentions to calm myself and clear my head before hanging out with friends, meeting new people, or even just talking to my professors. This helps me make sure I am being as true to myself as possible, and not letting anxiety, fatigue, or fear of judgement cloud my personality.

Doing even the most basic things in the act of aligning with your core values can be incredibly grounding, reminding you who you are and giving you a calming feeling of security and purpose. I hope you try this out, and begin to feel more connected with yourself!

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