Understanding your existence in the spiritual sense is a crucial component to self care that is often easily overlooked. Here are some tips to practice spiritual self care that nurtures your soul.

There is another incredibly important dimension – other than physical and emotional – to self care, and that’s spiritual self care. Just as it is important to communicate our needs or nourish our body with food, taking care of our spiritual being is crucial to living a grounded and happy life.


Spiritual self care is any ritual or practice that we do to further our connection with our higher self. Your higher self is who we truly are as an individual, the real you. Your higher self is the you that is disassociated from, and not influenced by, the ego or fear. Rather, this self operates from a soul-centered place that is aligned with your deepest desires.

Although they might seem similar, the practice of spiritual self care differs from emotional self care in that spiritual self care is solely based on you and your connection with your higher self. Emotional self care includes people other than yourself, especially as you learn how to communicate your needs and desires, express emotion, and set boundaries with others.

When you begin to practice consistent spiritual self care, you can expect to nurture your connection with yourself and a higher power (if you choose to connect with a higher power) and create spiritual practices that fuel both your body and soul.

If you’re someone that has been on a search for inner peace, fortunately, that state of being is a happy side-effect of regularly committing to your spiritual self care.

Not sure where to begin? The below tips can help you get started on your spiritual self care journey and help you connect to the inner calm you’ve been craving. Pick one or two to get started.

Spiritual Self Care Practices


Getting started with spiritual self care doesn’t have to be complicated or involve ample amounts of time. Also, your spiritual self care practice doesn’t necessarily have to be focused on religion or involve religion in any way – the choice is completely up to you.


Meditation is such a powerful practice that can bring you closer to your higher self. There are many benefits of meditation, including improving your concentration and reducing your stress.

For many, the thought of starting a mediation practice can feel overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many people have told me, “I don’t meditate because I’m not good at it.” Honestly, there’s no competition when it comes to your meditation practice and no one is perfect at meditating. What’s important is that no matter how muddled and crazy your mind feels, you choose to meditate solely for you, your spiritual self care practice, and the benefits that come along with sitting in silence for a few minutes a day.

Not sure how to start your meditation practice? Check out my two favorite meditation apps – Headspace and Calm. I also suggest having a cushion (although, it’s not necessary) and a quiet corner in your house.


Simply immersing yourself in nature can help you connect with your higher self. For me, I always find that a walk in the woods or a long hike can help me to disconnect from my day and tune into what I’m feeling. It’s like everything simply melts away and I get a chance to focus on myself.

Nature can be so healing because it allows us to experience a moment with all five of our senses. We are truly in the moment and involved in something greater than ourselves, beyond our wildest beliefs. It’s truly incredible what an impact a few hours in nature can have on your overall wellbeing.

Meditation for Spiritual Self Care


Removing negative energy from your space is a powerful spiritual self care practice. When we cleanse out the bad energy and invite in the positive, we are creating an environment that we can connect to our higher self with more ease. Think about it like you’re creating space to usher in the best version of yourself.

Lighting Palo Santo, an ancient holy wood, is a grounding practice that can help you to cleanse out the stale or negative energy. Simply light one end and allow the smoke to fill the area you wish to cleanse. I like to keep sticks at my desk, in our bedroom, and in the kitchen so I can cleanse as needed.

Also, certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils can play a huge role in your spiritual self care practice and assist you in cleansing your energy.

Essential Oils and Spiritual Self Care

A note about essential oils: not all oils are created equally and it’s important to use a brand that’s third-party tested and approved. Learn more about the essential oil brand I trust.

In addition to Palo Santo and essential oils, a sage smudging ritual is another way to cleanse your space. Using a bundle of dried sage is an ancient tradition, dating back 2,000 years, used by ancient shamans to clear negative energy from a person or an area. This is a very powerful spiritual self care practice, backed by a couple thousand years of use.

Whichever method you choose, know that getting rid of negative, stale energy is a great way to tap into inner peace and nurture your spiritual self care practice mind, body, and soul.


Immersing yourself in a community that holds the same, similar (or maybe totally different!) values as you is another way to create a spiritual self care practice.

For me, the yoga community (especially Kundalini) is a great way to connect on a spiritual level without getting too religious or out of my comfort zone. Personally, I’m not a religious person, so this spiritual community provides spiritual support that allows me to access my higher self in a way I’m comfortable with.


No matter how you choose to go about nurturing your personal spiritual self care practice, remember that even being aware of your connection to spirituality is a step in the right direction. Taking the time to create mindfulness and awareness around your relationship with your higher self is something that can change the course of your entire being.



Carley is the self-care coach and author of the book and digital course, Boundaries with Soul™.

After years of people-pleasing in the corporate fashion industry in New York City, she finally realized there was more to life than being a chronic yes-woman. By practicing transformational self-care, she gained more confidence and discovered that by making her needs a priority, real happiness would soon follow.

Carley is the host of the You Time™ Podcast, and her work is featured on major media outlets such as MindBodyGreen, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Elite Daily.