In this week’s Friday Field Notes, we will explore the resources available through cooperative extension to promote spiritual fitness.
What is Spiritual Fitness?
Spirituality is a broad spectrum of behaviors, values, and beliefs that individuals hold in regards to their own spirit or soul. For some, their spirituality involves a specific religion, but others practice spirituality through connections with others and/or nature. Spirituality is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety as well as possibly assisting military families with coping with the stresses of military life.
For some, spirituality is a key part of their self-care routine. To learn more about the importance of self-care routines, join Military Caregiving on July 10th at 11am Eastern Time for At Our Best: Caregiving Today, a part of MLFN’s Kids Serve Too! partnership with Sesame Street for Military Families. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the importance of self-care for caregivers and give ideas to start a self-care routine.
Cooperative Extension and Spiritual Fitness
Cooperative extension provides resources to help individual and families focus on their spirituality. For example, North Carolina State Extension has collected resources in their youth-focused #passthemike initiative that deal with topics such as religious literacy, islamophobia, and antisemitism. Contact your local extension office to learn more about the programs and resources in your area.
Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a great way to develop one’s spirituality. Please see our previous blog on psychological fitness to learn more about the opportunities cooperative extension provides to learn more about mindfulness.
Self-care. Self-care is an important part of caring for one’s psychological health. Cooperative extension provides educational resources to learn about the importance of self-care, as well as ideas for self-care routines. For example, have a look at these ideas from Kentucky and Maine cooperative extension.