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Parish Nurse
Cathie Stinson, RN, B.S.N.
stinsoncathie@saintmalachy.org
(309) 944-5393 

Our Parish Nurse will be available in her office every Tuesday and Friday from 8:30 - 11:30 am.  If you can't make this time contact the office at 944-5393 to make an appointment that is more convenient for you.

Blood Pressure checks are available.
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Parish Nurse Minute

 

This month's topic will be spiritual health.

The peace that comes from maintaining a relationship with God brings numerous benefits to a person’s attitudes and daily habits. But did you know that being spiritually healthy can actually make your body healthier too? It’s true. From the stress-reducing effects of prayer to the depression-busting power of fellowship, spiritual health does wonders for a person’s physical wellness.

Prayer’s Effect on the Body

There have been numerous studies that have reinforced what Christians already know: prayer is powerful, and generally improves your quality of life. Despite the widely understood psychological results of regular prayer, prayer can also reduce or eliminate the physiological effects of stress. Stress is a major cause of a lot of physical problems, so this effect can not be understated. I can’t stress enough the importance of prayer, so do it regularly!

Religious Fellowship and Depression

Depression is a common condition that leads many down unhealthy paths, including self-harm and substance abuse. However, religious fellowship has been shown to help people who suffer from depression because it eliminates isolation, which is a major cause of many mood disorders. 

Spirituality and Your Immune System

Being a spiritually awake individual has the ability to prevent spiritual illness as well as physical illness. Studies have shown that prayer and meditation have the ability to bolster your immune system, meaning fewer days laid up in bed with the flu and more days out living your life. 

 

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.      

  Spirituality, Soul and Solitude in Nature by Daniel Wahl