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Can faith on religion and pious rituals keep me in good mental health?

17 Aug
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I often hear people speaking that if I believe in God, and perform all the rituals associated in pleasing God, it will give mental satisfaction; it will give peace; it is the right way to salvation; it will give me true happiness etc etc. I just want to be in good mental health. I do not know whether religiousity is blind faith, but does it actually give peace or mental sanctity? If so, then how? What should I do to keep myself happy, and in proper mental orientation?

17 Aug
Dr. Ibrahim Abunada

Doctors Answer

Aug 17, 2016 06:04 PM

Dear User, Welcome to ewellness expert. The answer is absolutely yes faith and spirituality are much more than just comforting rituals to religious individuals. They have the ability to have a positive impact on mood and mental health. Aspects of faith enable tangible reductions in, and protection from stress. Faith generates optimism, enriches interpersonal relationships, creates support systems and enhances quality of life. Scientific research is also emerging which demonstrates modest, yet promising connections between religiousness and improved mental health. Faith, is one age-old method that can reduce stress levels. It’s free, doesn’t require a prescription, and has zero side effects or drug interactions. You will know it as faith, and millions of people around the world rely on it to see them through hard times. The results are not just anecdotal, there is evidence that it works. Faith and spirituality are abstract concepts, but they can lead to concrete results in mental health improvement and stress reduction. Once people have discovered their sense of purpose, they often learn that there are others who share these same goals or reasons for existing. They learn that what matters to them also matters to others, and this establishes a sense of connection. For some this sense of connection can lead to greater interaction with others, for example through prayer groups or charity drives. For others, just knowing they are not alone provides a great sense of comfort, inner peace and ultimately, relief from stress.

A feeling of interconnectedness also allows people to release control. Often, a feeling of responsibility for everything that happens in life is a great burden. Being connected to others and to something greater lets people share the responsibility, and the burden. We realize that we don’t control or bear responsibility for everything, and this can be a great relief. Feeling interconnected leads people to expand their social networks. A shared faith is a building block for relationships. It has been proven that the more close and supportive relationships a person has, the happier they will be. Relationships built on faith are often close and supportive. Faith often brings people together with a common purpose and goal: loyalty to God and a desire to adhere to the tenets of a religion. Interestingly, a cycle is created. Not only does faith enable relationships, but those relationships then serve to reinforce and deepen faith.

Another result of faith is improved health. This includes tangible physical and mental results. With an expanded social network comes more opportunities to take part in activities that can improve one’s physical health. Getting out and being active is easier to do with a partner or group. Having a support system also enables people to better deal with stress and hardship, as the support system can provide an outlet to vent or provide positive distractions. Being stronger both physically and mentally allows for greater resistance to illness and faster healing.

 I hope this answer has meet your enquiry about faith and mental health. if you need more clarification about this subject you can consult an online therapist for more details. Take Care.