When we speak about well-being, we are using this term with the understanding that our well-being is dependent upon multiple factors in our life. Here at USD, our health promotion team often refers to the following visual to help remind us of the different dimensions that make up our holistic sense of well-being. As you’ll see below, one’s spirituality can impact how we experience a sense of purpose and meaning in life, both on an individual and communal level.
The Intersection of Healthy Spirit & Intention Setting
The intersectionality of spirituality and wellness can be observed through various factors including but not limited to religious faith, values, ethics and morals. Regardless of whether you believe in a particular religious faith, there is always something to be learned about how you see yourself in the world.
Spiritual wellness not only allows you to seek meaning and purpose in human existence, but it also allows you to appreciate your life experiences for what they are. When you find meaning in your life experiences, it can be easier to develop a harmony with your inner self and the outside world.
It is also important to know that spiritual wellness does not mandate you to practice or identify with a religious practice. However, religion may be one route you may take to boost your spiritual wellness. Below are some recommendations for you to explore as you focus on your spiritual well-being.
- Explore your inner self. Take time to think about who you are. Practicing various art forms such as journaling, poetry, drawing, painting, music, or dance can be a helpful tool to begin this kind of personal reflection.
- If you experience a life-changing event, take some time to think about the impact it’s had on your life. Journaling, prayer, therapy, and support groups are examples of tools that might help you to explore these bigger questions and impactful events.
- Spend time meditating or practicing mindful relaxation as part of your regular self-care practice. We encourage you to visit this You Are USD page for some helpful resources and tips on practicing mindfulness.
- Practice acceptance. Learning to accept the things in our life that we have control over and the areas we don’t can be a very helpful practice towards healing and growth.
- Be curious. If something happens that makes you even the slightest bit curious, take a moment to explore the experience a little deeper.
- Look for a religious faith or spiritual community that aligns with your values. Reflecting alongside others can be beneficial for our own personal growth. A reminder that you do not need to be a part of a formalized group or organization to do this.
As a reminder, there are many resources available to USD students (noted below). Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need additional support or are concerned about a friend or peer during this holiday season. We are always here to support you and our USD community.
- Talk to someone now:
- USD Counseling Center: (619) 260-4655 24/7
- Campus Public Safety: (619) 260-2222 24/7
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 24/7
- San Diego Crisis and Access Line: Live Chat Mon-Fri 4-10pm
- Crisis Text Line: Text Hello to 741741
- Trevor Project: Live Chat 3-9pm
- Campus Assault Resources and Education: (619) 260-2222 24/7
- The Steve Fund: Crisis Text Line: Text Steve To 741741