Managing Stress: Spirituality

Spirituality means knowing one’s self, having a sense of purpose in life, feeling connected to others, and achieving one’s full potential. For some, this means tapping into the wisdom within. For others, spirituality is grounded in experiencing nature. Spirituality is being inspired, focusing on sensory experiences, finding beauty and joy in everyday things, cherishing life, and feeling the interconnectedness of the universe.

Spirituality can help restore a sense of calm and balance when the daily grind may seem overwhelming. Many rituals associated with spirituality can be helpful in managing stress. Here are some ways to explore your spirituality and resources to help you try them out.

  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media by Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky
  • Can’t Buy My Love by Jean Kilbourne & Mary Pipher
  • Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female With the Mass Media by Susan J. Douglas
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic by John De Graaf, David Wann, & Thomas H. Naylor
  • The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brett Johnson, & Brian Klocke
  • Walking by Henry David Thoreau
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
  • Slow Food USA
  • Slow Food: Collected Thoughts on Taste, Tradition, and the Honest Pleasures of Food by Carlo Petrini & Benjamin Watson (Eds.)
  • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser


  • Carry a special object with you that reminds you of what is important to you.
  • Keep a diary or journal.
  • Take a personal retreat. Change your routine and give yourself a break from your responsibilities.
  • Travel.
  • Spend time alone.

Which of these are you interested in trying sometime in the next week? In the next month?

References and Resources