Every person will deal with at least one major life event. A two year study of 2,106 people identified the birth of a first child caused the most significant impact on wellbeing. The remaining three were divorce, unemployment, or death of a spouse. The event of suicide is so common amongst Japanese and Korean employees that it’s listed as a work-related condition for compensation. An individual that is resilient, grounded, and self-aware reduces has greater odds of coping in life.
Last week’s post on how to energize body and mind introduced five resolutions through addressing different aspects of spirituality. Spirituality is included in our wellbeing model because it’s an aspect that supports performance. Chronic stress is reported to effect the immune system and ultimately a person’s quality of life. This presents the argument of what or who does one turn to when experiencing stress from a major life transition or event?
This recent analysis reviewed sixty articles on spirituality to clarify:
- What are the avenues to and through spirituality?
- What is the experience (outcome)?
- What is the meaning of spirituality to people dealing with a major life event or transition?
The results were three overarching themes. Below includes what individuals reported within each theme.
AVENUES TO AND THROUGH SPIRITUALITY This theme included spirituality used for coping through action, mechanism, and activities. Religious rituals and routines, fostering emotional and physical release, and connecting with others were identified as fulfilling a spiritual quest.
Relief from uncertainty, anxiety, and poor grounding through hardship were three symptoms that improved under this theme.
EXPERIENCE OF SPIRITUALITY Expressed and observable outcomes or results was the second theme. Internal or renewed acceptance diminished suffering, fear and guilt. Finding hope enabled trust in a better future.
Resilience was influenced and enhanced the ability to overcome illness and accept change through ongoing engagement in spiritual experiences.
MEANING OF SPIRITUALITY This represented making sense of the larger context of life. Purpose, life meaning, positivity, and acceptance led to the seeking of something outside of themselves.
Self-awareness and new perspectives provided reassurance in the acceptance of mystery or beauty through periods of critical thoughts and questions.
Wellbeing is holistic and complex with multi-leveled phenomenons. Spirituality includes health resources for being grounded, achieving resiliency, and performing with self-awareness. Is it part of your wellbeing model?