Spiritual health and emotional health are a vital part of your overall health and can affect your physical being. Medical studies indicate that faith has been shown to reduce depression, improve blood pressure, and boost immune system, making the body less vulnerable to disease and chronic, medical conditions. So there is definitely a tie between spiritual health and good health.  But how does one get spiritually healthy?

We already know that physical health involves a combination of avoiding the things that are hazardous, absorbing the things that are good, and moderating the things that may pose a threat.  Below is a glimpse at what I try to ABSORB, AVOID, and MODERATE in order to protect my spiritual health.

ABSORB AVOID MODERATE
Personal Relationship with Jesus Impure and immoral living Types of Music, TV and entertainment
Daily Prayer Self gratification Relationships w/nonbelievers
Regular Devotion -Bible Idolatry SELF
Fellowship Isolation
Worship Sinful Life
Wise Counsel False Teaching

Benefits of Spiritual Health:

  • Connection and social support through fellowship with other believers
  • Stress Management – Improved coping skills through prayer and the understanding that God is in control.
  • Desire to exhibit fewer self-destructive behaviors such as smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicide
  • All of these things can help lead to a healthier physical body