This topic is very dear to me and helped me through my depression, anxiety and trauma. If you’re wondering what religion I follow it is Islam but this doesn’t mean other religious backgrounds can’t relate or do not have similar values and opinions.
If you feel like you are in tune with your religion and want to keep a relationship with God, then keep reading for tips on how to gain inner peace and feel spiritually connected with your faith.
1. Praying/Meditating: Now whether you are Muslim or from a different religion, prayer and meditation go hand in hand and become very beneficial for your mental health. “How so?” You may ask. Prayer and meditation for me has helped calm my anxiety by taking deep breaths, closing my eyes and having full reliance on God to get me through the day. Praying 5 times a day gives me a set routine, it allows my mind to focus and to not have time to think of negativity. In other terms, prayer gives you a sense of control over your life and a routine that not everything is as doom and gloom as it seems and you have so much more to look forward to in life. Prayer is a beacon to believe that whatever is out there, whether you believe in God or the forces, that something is better to come from what has been taken from you.
2. Memorising Short Supplications (Dua): I found that memorising short prayers or supplications really help you focus on the positives. Research has shown that the first step to healing and improving your mental health is to show gratitude. We unknowingly become prisoners to our past and depending on the situation and circumstance, being thankful and praising God over the most smallest of things like waking up in the morning, for your family and friends can elevate your mood. Supplications or ‘duas’ are like conversations with God in which we put our problems and needs before Him and express our problems to Him.
3. Not To Isolate yourself: You might be thinking, ‘I want to be alone” and “No one understands my pain” because that heart sinking feeling really does feel like it’s never going to end right? It does. The only way you will feel ready to move on is when you surround yourself with positive, like-minded people who will uplift you and make you feel loved and comfortable. No matter what the situation, long periods of isolation is not healthy for your battle against anything you are facing whether it be loss of friendships, relationships, loved ones or a job.
These three points are what helped me through my anxiety and really uplifted my spirits when having panic attacks, stressing about the future, and worrying about the ‘what ifs’. If you feel you are experiencing similar situations and really are looking for a purpose in life and wanting to find peace, spiritual healing may be your calling.
“Surely We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and diminution of goods and lives and fruits; yet give thou good tidings unto the patient who, when they are visited by an affliction, say, ‘Surely we belong to God, and to Him we return’; upon those rest blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those — they are the truly guided.” (The Quran 2:155-157)