It is so much fun to start something new and watch it grow! It reminds me of my early 20’s, when I was a part of an exciting start-up. But starting something new at this time in my life? Totally different: It has more meaning, and is purpose-driven.
My most recent purpose-driven project, the Living Wellness Growth Kit, is officially off the ground! We interviewed a Nurse Practitioner, and started our first sessions at Love that Olive in Maple Grove, MN. The benefits of this work that I’ve seen in my own life, and in the lives of others, inspired me to share what I’ve learned about having a purpose-driven life.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE
Finding a new life purpose in the ashes of suffering or conflict is not impossible, but takes work. We all must continually create new goals and ambitions to aim for – and accomplish. Meaningful purpose of one’s life is the foundation of health.
Why am I writing about all of this? Because people with a meaningful life purpose, and a stress-resistant personality, have fewer health problems.
THE IMPACT OF STRESS ON THE BODY
Clinical studies have identified a link between cortisol levels and the health of the immune system. It appears that an increase in cortisol (often due to stress) results in a decrease of white blood cells. As the number of white blood cells decreases, the efficiency of the immune system decreases, setting the stage for illness and disease. (Seaward, 2015)
SELF ESTEEM AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT
The health of one’s human spirit rapidly declines with the loss of meaning in one’s life, while a continual search for and fulfillment of one’s aim in life are essential to spiritual development. High self-esteem is a prerequisite for creating stress-resistant personalities, because it is directly linked to the accessibility of one’s internal resources. Self-esteem is often described as self-value, self-respect, even self-love.
When we place little or no value on our self, we become quite vulnerable to the perceptions of stress. The seeds for self-esteem are planted early in childhood and comprise four basic elements: connectedness, uniqueness, power, and models. (Seaward, 2015) Because high self-esteem is central to the stress-resistant personality, much attention is now placed on ways to increase self-esteem in people of all ages.
HOW TO IMPROVE SELF-ESTEEM AND DECREASE STRESS
Ready to improve self-esteem and decrease stress? Here are a few suggestions:
- Disarm the negative critic. Challenge the voice inside that feeds the conscious mind with putdowns and negative comments. Give yourself positive reinforcements and affirmations, to remind yourself of your good qualities.
- Avoid “should haves,” where you give yourself a “guilt trip” for unmet expectations.
- Learn from the past, but don’t dwell on it. Look for new opportunities for growth.
- Avoid comparisons with others. Focus on your own personal best, regardless of others.
- Actively seek people and experiences that you enjoy. Diversify your interests. Improve your connectedness. Widen your network of friends and find special places in your environment that recharge your energy and strengthen your social bonds.
- Remember: Before any external changes take place, the real change first has to take place inside!
A CALL FOR WELLNESS FACILITATORS
We are looking to train Living Wellness health and wellness facilitators to teach the Living Wellness Growth Kits! So if you feel called to this work and are interested in getting involved, contact Julie at 763-291-4093.
Ashley and I are working on a big purpose. To help human beings flourish, decrease disease, increase exercise and improve their nutrition. Negotiate Stress out of your life! Your health depends on it!
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