In a season like no other, the Fall of 2020 will be remembered for many things, including how the COVID pandemic has been impacting our lives. People are experiencing additional stress and anxiety, which directly impacts their health, and not just physically speaking.
So, it seems very timely that the Government of Manitoba has proclaimed October 19 – 23, 2020 as “Spiritual Health Awareness Week.”
They are recognizing the spiritual health of people and those who make efforts to promote it… as it is “linked to… better coping and to improved mental and physical health outcomes”.
See more info here.
As nurses, we recognize the importance of health prevention and promotion as a holistic endeavor. Depression, hopelessness, and self-worth are aspects of human health we can’t ignore. I’d like to share a favourite article that I have used to educate students over the years when learning how to assess and implement spiritual care with clients. Very practical and relevant, the author in this article talks about the “5 R’s of Spirituality” to assist the nurse in providing effective spiritual care (Govier, 2000): Reason, Reflection, Religion, Relationships, and Restoration.
I encourage you to reflect on how you could or would promote your own patients’ spiritual health. Unsure? Take time to reflect on your OWN spiritual health first, and then take a peek at Govier’s (2000) article.
Happy “Spiritual Health Awareness Week”!
Tanya Cole, RRC Nursing Instructor, Community & Mental Health