Spirituality is repeatedly found to be an important component of a person’s well-being. Despite this, people’s spiritual needs are often seen to be neglected during treatment and in developing and managing care plans for day-to-day activities, and even in some cases seen to be part of the individuals’ psychosis or delusions.
What is spirituality?
Spirituality may be seen in a broad sense as the meaning and purpose that people seek within their lives, and it should ideally give to an individual, a sense of their own worth and value. Spirituality can help individuals to develop inner strength and peace, and places importance on hope and optimism. Spiritual practices may include:
- Belonging to a faith community
- Meditation and prayer
- Living by a set of codes; such as in your personal relationships with family and friends, or how you treat others generally
- Emphasis on spiritual values: honesty, kindness, hope and compassion etc