If you feel trapped, lost or fed up of the daily grind this series is for you. Keep reading to find meaning in your life and combat your stress.
Hello and welcome to a five part series on how to combat stress at the source.
- Today we will find out what matters to you in life
- Last week – Take The Stress Quiz
- Next week – Conflict between your stress and your meaning
- Week 4 – Pulling it together into a plan
- Week 5 – Action and review.
I hope you will get a lot out of this series. Please get in touch with any comments.
Are you living a meaningful life?
The better you know yourself and what matters to you, the better able you are to make decisions. You will be better able to judge if something is for you or not worth your time. It will be easier to plan, set goals and stay focused on how you want to live your life. In addition, you will be more likely to have a greater sense of identity, direction and self-worth and have less stress.
You are an individual so what is meaningful for you isn’t necessarily meaningful to all. It is therefore important to ask yourself what is meaningful to you.
Write your Legacy
Let’s do an exercise to get you really thinking about what is important to you. Now this might sound a bit morbid but it is a great exercise to get you thinking about what matters to you. Imagine years have passed and you have died. The newspaper is doing an article about your life. What do you want the article to say? How do you want to be remembered? Who will be interviewed to write this article? What do you want them to say about you and your contribution to their lives? What achievements, strengths and talents do you want to be listed? What do you want your legacy to be? Think about your work, family, friends, community and the world. Remember don’t write what you think people will say. Write down what you want people to say about you.
Read back your writing. What have you learnt about yourself and your desires for your life? Have you identified what matters most to you in life? Continue to think and discover what matters to you during this week.
Next week we are going to look at the stress revealed by last week’s Take The Stress Quiz. We will identify any conflict between your stress areas and what is meaningful to you. Until then have a great one. If you want help managing your stress now, please look at my past articles including Reducing stress in your body by tuning into your heart.
With thanks to Luke Bennett Photography for this week’s feature image.