Spiritual Health (6)

   Spiritual health is achieved when you feel at peace with life. It is when you are able to find hope and comfort in even the hardest of times. It can help to support you as you experience life completely. Spirituality is different for everyone. Possibly the most abstract of the various dimensions of health, spiritual health is challenging to define, develop, and maintain.

   Relaxation and biofeedback are directed toward helping persons with chronic pain become aware of their ability to exert some control over physiologic processes of which they are not normally aware (e.g., muscle tension, heart rate, skin temperature, and respiration). Relaxation, self-hypnosis, and meditation techniques are a form of physiologic self-management. They assist individuals with muscle relaxation and distraction away from pain perception. Biofeedback uses feedback from a device or computer to give information about a person’s progress. This can be particularly useful in headaches and chronic pain in which pain tends to tense muscles, which often causes increased pain due to muscle fatigue.

   For the person moving toward the self-actualization of her/his values, they increasingly become other-oriented. Such a mental stance allows the listener to love the other for who they are. It strips the judgmental attitude of being ‘holier than thou.’ The Health Guardian, enjoys this opportunity to move towards self-actualization as they reach out and help others with their experiences in pathology prevention.

   Taking control of your emotional health involves realizing that choices you make about sleep, diet and exercise can have a direct impact on your emotions and state of mind. It also means being proactive when you are concerned about your thoughts or feelings. When unaddressed, mental health problems like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and addiction can make it hard to do well or feel good. The good news is that these problems are treatable and getting help is the first step towards feeling better and moving forward.

   Here are some ways to create a better work-life balance. Accept that there is no 'perfect' World-Balance. When you hear "World-Balance," you probably imagine having an extremely productive day at work and leaving early to spend the other half of the day with friends and family. While this may seem ideal, it is not always possible. Don't strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while others you might run errands, still others you may have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day. It is important to remain fluid and constantly assess where you are [versus] your goals and priorities. At times your children may need you, and other times, you may need to travel for work, but allowing yourself to remain open to redirecting and assessing your needs on any day is key in finding balance.

   Step 1: One method the Health Guardian can use for finding a purpose in your life is a five step process. In the method's first step, you must find out what drives you. So, one way to find your purpose is to ask yourself: What pain or injustice or unhappiness have you witnessed that you just can't live with? Is there anything that touches you so deeply that it drives you? Often, a powerful purpose can come from powerful pain.