The Amazing Health Benefits of Spiritual Wellness – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

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Did you know that spiritual wellbeing has a significant impact on your physical health? If you are wondering how spirituality and physical health are linked, research has shown that spirituality – the state in which we are in tune with our spiritual selves, primarily through mindfulness, meditation, and prayer – enables us: our stress break down, feel more gratitude and contentment, gain a new sense of meaning and form meaningful and healthier relationships with others.

These spiritual wellness outcomes typically lead to various physical health benefits including:
Improved sleep – Greater emotional satisfaction increases your dopamine levels (also known as “happiness hormones”) and allows you to have a more restful sleep.

Low blood pressure – Feelings of happiness and satisfaction lower levels of cortisol (also known as stress hormones), which leads to lower blood pressure.

Lower risk of depression – Positive emotions such as optimism, high self-esteem, and a new sense of purpose can dispel feelings of isolation, one of the main causes of depression.

Revitalized immune system – Mindfulness, meditation, and prayer can trigger the body’s healing abilities by promoting a healthy state of mind and body balance.

In uncertain and challenging times as we are currently experiencing, it helps to awaken us spiritually.

Dr. Bill Releford is the founder of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program. Follow him on Instagram @blackbarbershophealth and @drreleford

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