Everyone has a life purpose. It is what drives us to be the best version of ourselves. When we are not living our purpose, we can feel lost, anxious, and stressed. This can manifest in different ways, such as feeling stuck in a job we don't like or feeling like we are not good enough. However, it is never too late to turn things around and start living your purpose.
Here are three ways to get started.
1. Awakening Your Purpose
The first step is to awaken your purpose. This can be done through meditation, journaling, or simply taking some time for reflection. To begin, sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Take some deep breaths and allow yourself to relax. Once you are relaxed, begin to reflect on your life. What are your passions? What makes you feel alive? What makes you feel fulfilled? As you reflect on these things, you will begin to get a sense of what your purpose is.
2. Walking Your Purpose
Once you have awakened your purpose, it is time to start walking your purpose.
This means making choices and taking actions that align with your purpose.
For example, if your purpose is to help others, you might volunteer at a local soup kitchen or donate to a charity. If your purpose is to be creative, you might start painting or writing poetry. The key is to take small steps each day that move you closer to your goal.
3. Sharing Your Purpose
The final step is to share your purpose with the world. This can be done in many ways, such as starting a blog or podcast about your topic or becoming an advocate for your cause. Whatever way you choose to share your message, make sure it comes from a place of authenticity and passion. When you share your message from this place, people will be drawn to it and be inspired by it.
Living your purpose is the key to happiness and fulfilment in life.
When you are not aligned with your purpose, it can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress.
Depression is one of the most diagnosed mental illnesses, yet there are still so many misconceptions about what it is and how it can be treated. For many people, speaking about mental health is still a taboo subject. As a result, many people go through life without ever having the awareness that they may be suffering from an illness that is far too common. Unfortunately, mental health issues are on the rise, but once we develop an awareness around them, we can take decisive action to bring about positive changes. Depression does not discriminate; anyone can be affected by it. With the right treatment, however, recovery is possible.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Depression, don't hesitate to reach out for help.
I have divided the symptoms & signs of Depression into 3 categories based on their severity and disruption to the level of function the individual experiences.In Depression, one may easily slip in and out each of these zones frequently over a short period of time.Life events or setbacks can trigger these shifts but this is also seen without any triggering events too.
(Please note: This will not correlate with ICD-10/DSM Classification for diagnosis and the purpose here is not for self-diagnosis)
The Mild Zone
«Intensity of Symptoms: Low
«Ability to Function: High
«This is when the symptoms of depression are mild. When you’re in this Zone:
«Your feel more or less “normal” – in the sense that your days are only minimally impacted by depression.
«You’re able to function relatively well and fulfil all of your responsibilities (such as going to work, taking care of your children, etc) without becoming easily tired.
«In this zone, your motivation is at its highest due to your symptoms being at their mildest – so you’re most able to do the things that you may’ve been putting off doing while your symptoms were more severe.
«You’re also much more likely to want to socialise with friends and family and interact with other people.
The Moderate Zone
«Intensity of Symptoms: Moderate
«Ability to Function: Moderate
«You can think of yourself as being in the moderate Zone when the symptoms of depression are moderately intense. In this Zone:
«While you can likely still uphold your responsibilities and carry on with life, you’ll probably get tired much quicker than you otherwise would.
«Feeling burned out is common, and you’re prone to snapping easily.
«Socialising and/or interacting with others – while possible – often feels too draining.
«At any point in time, the “moderate” may deteriorate into a “severe”
The Severe Zone
«Intensity of Symptoms: Severe
«Ability to Function: Low
«This is when the symptoms of depression are severe – i.e., when it feels like there’s a storm that’s raging in your mind. When you’re in this Zone:
«You’re usually being bombarded with negative thoughts; those negative thoughts are at their most distorted, negative and catastrophic; and you’re at your most attached to those negative thoughts (i.e. more so than at any other time, you believe them to be true).
«The difficult, painful emotions that you feel when you’re depressed are at their most intense – i.e. you’re feeling at your most miserable, worthless, unmotivated, numb, irritable, angry, ashamed, lonely, misunderstood, isolated, regretful, hopeless, and/or filled with grief, for example.
«Your ability to function is significantly compromised – to such an extent that fulfilling your day-to-day responsibilities can feel unmanageable (and often are); and even simple tasks like getting out of bed or having a shower may feel like climbing a mountain.
«Because your symptoms are so intense, it's common to socially withdraw - and if you do happen to be interacting with someone, it’s common to at times shut down and become non-communicative.
«In this zone, it’s common to feel so miserable, broken, and hopeless that you’re unable to envision the storm ever passing.
One of the most significant predictors of long term recovery from Depression is dependent on whether or not you are living your life purpose.
Please reach out if you need help.
With love & gratitude,