The man behind “the happiest place on Earth” taught an important lesson about productivity: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” (Walt Disney). We’re all pulled in so many directions in life and it’s hard to know where to begin. But at the core of who you are is your spirit. Fueling your core will give you the strength to make the most of each day. Not convinced? Check out these four reasons you’ll want to invest in your spiritual health.
1. Self-love motivates you to use your time effectively.
Spiritual wellness includes developing a love for yourself, others, and your higher power. Self-love is important because it helps fuel your inner light. When you hold yourself to a high esteem, you are driven to take care of all areas of your life—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.As you take care of yourself and live authentically, you’ll discover motivation from within. You will find yourself wanting to fill your time effectively and only with things that truly matter.Steve Jobs shares why you should listen to your heart when filling your time: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”Love yourself enough to respect your time and fill it with things you love. Evaluate your to-do list and think about how each task fuels your inner light. And then get marking them off!
2. A connection with your higher power can give you strength beyond your own.
When you’re spiritually healthy, you regularly strive to connect with your higher power. This connection provides peace, direction, and strength. The more you put into that divine relationship, the more you’ll get back.Often in life, we have moments where we feel stretched too thin. And we just have nothing left to give, even when there is so much more to do. Here’s where belief in God shows its real benefits.Think of your life, for a moment, as a business that relies heavily on electricity. Maybe a restaurant or a hospital. These businesses ensure there is a backup generator in place in case of a power outage. Running out of power would be truly detrimental and their operational systems would have to stop.God is your constant generator. If there are times when you just feel burnt out, reach out to your higher power—for truly, there is greater strength, greater power, and greater energy found in this divine connection.
3. Engaging in regular spiritual practices help balance your mind, body, and soul.
You’ll find conflicting voices from all over the internet telling you to focus on one area of life first to discover happiness. There are arguments that mental health must take a priority, and others that claim caring for your body should be at the top of your list. So, how do you know where to focus your time?Spiritual exercises help you nourish your body, mind, and spirit. Think about meditation: it relaxes the tension in your muscles, clears your mind of distractions, and opens your spirit for refueling. These exercises give you the power to live a balanced life.Author Joshua Osenga shares why we should aim for balance: “Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and complete; it’s a sense of harmony. It is essential to maintaining quality in life and work.”Want a quality life? Start a spiritual habit today and discover the beauty of balance.
4. Anxiety distracts your focus, while inner peace centers you for optimal productivity.
Spiritual wellness has proven lower levels of anxiety and greater frequency of inner peace. Anxiety often results in over-thinking and worrying about circumstances outside of your control. It can lead to emotional eating or time-sucking activities such as scrolling social media or binge-watching. When you’re anxious, your brain is frenzied, and your focus is lost. Productivity seems impossible. Living with inner peace, however, provides an environment for optimal productivity. Individuals with stable emotions and a sense of calm in their life find themselves happier and more successful because of the goals they set and meet. There is significant self-satisfaction in living a spiritually healthy life. So, follow Walt Disney’s advice. Stop talking about how you want to get things done and start doing them. Take a simple step and begin a spiritual exercise. Try Skylight's spiritual wellness app to help get you started. Create your daily plan around moments of spiritual rejuvenation. Your soul will power you throughout the day.