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How spirituality promotes health and healing

When an accident causes you injury, your first concern is getting better. This involves medical treatment, medication, physical therapy and other tools to help you recover as quickly and completely as possible. One resource you may be underestimating, however, is spirituality. 

Whether or not you attend church, and no matter what religion you associate yourself with (if any), studies show that prioritizing spirituality has a positive impact on your health, shares the American Academy of Family Physicians. The body, mind and spirit are all connected, so it is no surprise that the health or harm of one area affects the others.

What is spirituality?

Spirituality is simply the term to describe how you find meaning in life and obtain comfort, hope and peace. This broad definition means that the way you go about pursuing these ideals is customizable. Common ways people practice spirituality include the following:

  • Attending church
  • Praying and/or meditating
  • Being physically active
  • Connecting with nature
  • Creating or partaking in music and art
  • Living according to personal values and principles
  • Volunteering in the community and serving others
  • Participating in meaningful rituals

No matter which ones you choose, the important thing is to do them to reap the benefits.

How does spirituality affect health?

Spirituality offers a way to handle stress and other life challenges, and it is a form of self-care. It fosters connection with others, providing a strong support system during health crises. These traits not only help you to heal faster from sickness and injury but also prevent poor health in general. You are less likely to develop medical conditions when you take care of yourself, find purpose in life and have strong relationships with others.

For example, Reader's Digest reports that faith and heart health go hand in hand. Patients who had open-heart surgery and relied on religious beliefs had three times the survival rates of those who had no spiritual focus. When you are injured, now is the time to begin or intensify your spiritual practices to improve your chances of recovery.

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  • "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....-Jeff D.

  • "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....- Dave

  • "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.-Jennifer

  • "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day...-Larry

  • "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.- Tyler D.

  • "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.- Karen K.

  • "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends.-Dan H.

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