embracing religion to make it through the tough times

When I was in recovery, I spent many nights sitting at home struggling on my own. After about a month of struggling to find good people to spend my time with, I was referred to a religious organization just up the road from my apartment. I found good people to talk to and several meetings and events that I could attend to keep my mind off of my struggles. If you are struggling with anything from drug addiction to emotional problems, you can find comfort and care at one of these many wonderful organization. This blog will show you what you can do to embrace religion to find peace.

Tips for Living in a Religious Nursing Home if You're Non-Religious

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Sometimes, the best nursing home in an area might be one that is not the same religion as you. You might also not be religious. However, you want to make sure that you are properly cared for as you age, so you might decide to live in the nursing home regardless of the fact that it clashes with the type of faith that you yourself practice, or choose not to practice. Here are some tips for living in a nursing home run by a religious organization if you are non-religious.

1. Keep an Open Mind

Keeping an open mind towards the religion that others around you are practicing is a good way to avoid thinking judgmental thoughts about them. This in turn will help increase the other residents' levels of tolerance towards your relative disinterest in their religion.

One way to keep an open mind is to ask questions about a person's religion and learn more about it. Be willing to answer questions about your own beliefs that are religion-adjacent, such as what happens after you die or what the rewards are for following a moral code of ethics. Inspiring discussion about your differences will help you feel more welcome despite the fact that many people who live in the nursing home might not have the same belief or lack of beliefs as you.

2. Know When to Disengage

The next thing that you will need to get good at doing is changing the subject. If you feel as though a discussion is getting too heated, know what to say to diffuse the situation. Switch topics to something innocuous about the weather. Compliment a fellow resident on his or her shirt or other article of clothing. Be willing to diffuse tension by simply changing the subject. This will allow your beliefs and others' beliefs to coexist harmoniously.

3. Set Boundaries

If you are not interested in going to church or participating in religious rituals, be sure that you set those boundaries early on. People who fervently believe in their religion will want to share the benefits that they get with you. This is okay. However, it is also okay to say that you aren't interested or that you aren't comfortable. By respecting and maintaining your own boundaries, you will encourage others to do the same.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in religiously affiliated nursing homes such as National Church Residences.

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27 January 2017