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5 Ways to Find Your Purpose in Life With Multiple Chronic Conditions

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What do we think of when we hear the phrase, “having a purpose?” Is it about achieving a goal we’ve set for ourselves? Do we feel happy as a person due to the close friends we have? By focusing our attention on things we’re drawn to automatically, it makes us feel joyful. Life’s about what you want for yourself. It gives you a sense of meaning, making living very worthwhile.

The changes we go through with health problems are physical and emotional and can include withdrawal from family, friends and activities when you don’t feel good about yourself. Your objective can be about things that you love.

For example, time spent volunteering can make a difference not only in someone else’s life, but also in yours. Find a hobby you enjoy such as indoor gardening, meditation or seek out a support group that is specific to your conditions. Even assisting someone who has a similar journey like yourself, can make a huge difference for them because you took the time to listen and share your “war” stories.

By redesigning your goals, it can assist you in finding a new zeal, such as developing inner qualities and new strengths.

Here are five suggestions for your purpose when living with health challenges:

1. You don’t have to do something that is big and grand. Your life’s meaning is about what is right for you. Try to set goals for yourself. Make them small and feasible. Create memories. Go out and breathe easy.

2. You will always be the designer of your life. Start with your support system. Friends and family will be the building blocks that set up your foundation. Once that’s secured, determine what you stand for. Who are you? and how do you perceive yourself?

3. Slow down so you can savor every minute you are in.

4. Remember that the health issues are only a part of your life. Separate your illness, even for a brief moment, and feel the happiness that comes from within.

5. Associate with others who find joy in your joy. When you share something amazing, and the person you are sharing it with is excited, they don’t compete with you. They bask in your contentment.

Try new experiences, grow and change, and your dedication will change. It’s instinctive. Sometimes by letting things unfold and going with the flow, that’s OK too. To quote Kylie Francis: “That risk you’re afraid to take, could be the one that changes your entire life.”

Photo by Emma on Unsplash

Originally published: May 24, 2021
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