Spirituality means knowing one’s self, having a sense of purpose in life, feeling connected to others, and achieving one’s full potential.

For some, it means tapping into the wisdom within. For others, spirituality is grounded in experiencing nature. Spirituality is being inspired, focusing on sensory experiences, finding beauty and joy in everyday things, cherishing life, and feeling the interconnectedness of the universe.

Many rituals associated with spirituality can be helpful in managing stress. Spirituality can help restore a sense of calm and balance when the daily grind may seem overwhelming. Here are some ways to explore your spirituality and resources to help you try them out. Which might you be interested in trying sometime in the next week? In the next month?

Free yourself from mass media. Turn off your TV.

  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
  • Can’t Buy My Love by Jean Kilbourne & Mary Pipher
  • Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female With the Mass Media by Susan J. Douglas

Reduce your consumption. Give unneeded belongings away.

  • Buy Nothing Day
  • Enough, Anti-Consumerism Campaign
  • Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf, David Wann, & Thomas H. Naylor
  • The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brett Johnson, & Brian Klocke

Walk to feel connected to your surroundings.

  • Walking by Henry David Thoreau
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

Garden. If you don’t have space, consider a windowsill herb garden.

Practice slow food. Cook at home and eat with others you care about.

  • Slow Food USA
  • Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food by Carlo Petrini & Benjamin Watson (Eds.)
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Attend services or other activities of your church or religious organization.

Learn a new skill or craft. Check out the community programs at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Volunteer for a special event or on a regular basis.

Practice meditation, yoga or tai chi. Take fitness and wellness classes at the Ramsey Center.

Other Ideas

  • Carry a special object with you that reminds you of what is important to you.
  • Keep a diary or journal.
  • Take a personal retreat. Change your routine and give yourself a break from your responsibilities.
  • Travel.
  • Spend time alone.

Resources:

The UGA Health Center (UHC) wants to support you in succeeding and enjoying your experience at UGA. Experts at UHC offer knowledge and programs concerning stress management and college life.

Written by: UHC CAPS and Communications