Did you know that stress can cause various diseases and illnesses?
According to research, underlying stress can directly impact the immune system, inhibiting its functionality that can lead to several diseases.
You must be wondering, why we are talking about stress in a post related to self-discovery.
If you haven’t fully discovered yourself, or found your place in life, there is a significant chance that you have some form of underlying stress.
Self-fulfillment and its link to stress
Are you stuck in a job that you don’t want to do? Are you stuck in a place where you don’t want to be? If yes, this could be causing you to stress out regularly.
Disease and illness can happen due to a number of causes. But recent studies have established a strong link between chronic stress and serious medical conditions including multiple sclerosis.
Now stress can come from anything. It could be your environment, daily chores, and people in your life who are constantly contributing to your daily stress. The effects of this daily stress can be amplified if you are not living the life you want to live.When you are happy with yourself, you have an increased ability to cope with the daily stressors.
How can self-discovery eliminate significant stress
Self-discovery refers to an individual’s pursuit of finding who they are and where they stand in life. It defines character, abilities, and offers insight regarding goals and ambitions.
When you are living a fulfilled life, you are content and in a better position to handle life problems and the stress that comes with them. A fulfilled life increases your coping ability; hence, eliminating major stress from your life.
The process of self-discovery
First off, understand that the road to self-discovery is hard. For some people, it takes years and years. Some isolate themselves while others get lost in thoughts, trying to make sense of life. You don’t have to go to the woods to find yourself. All you need is a little time for self-reflection. Below are the key variables of self-discovery.
- Self-awareness & exploration
Before you can get yourself out of a situation, you need to acknowledge that there is a situation. Answer these questions:
Do I like my job?
Do I love my partner? Is this relationship going somewhere or do we need to talk about it?
Am I happy with the way things are?
Identify what causes worry, anxiety, anger, or frustration. Acknowledge your worries and get to the root cause instead of avoiding them.
How to become fully self-aware
Our lives are fast-paced and hectic. You barely have time for self-reflection and as a result, you lack the opportunities to get to know yourself. You will need to take deliberate action towards self-exploration for profound self-discovery.
Isolate yourself from the rest of the world for a limited time, and explore yourself through the following questions:
- What is my ideal self?
- What does this ideal self look like?
- How far away I am from my ideal self?
Goals and dreams
- What are my dreams and goals?
- How realistic are my dreams and goals?
- How far along am I in pursuing those dreams and goals?
- What’s keeping me from achieving my dreams and goals?
- Make a list of 10 things (in order of importance) that are crucial for your self-fulfillment.
- Access how much time you are spending on each priority. Reassign time for each task to ensure the ones at the top of the list have your utmost attention.
- List down three things you like about your personality and the three things you don’t.
- Is your personality getting in the way of achieving your goals? How?
- Are you satisfied with your relationships?
- Describe the best and worst moments in your relationships with your friends, family, and partner. Was everything worth it?
- What’s keeping you in a bad relationship (if any), and what do you need to do to get out of it.
You must write down the answers in a journal dedicated only to the task. When you write down something, you essentially bring it to life, which will help you acknowledge your worries and take deliberate action to resolve them. Keep going back and forth to your journal, making changes to your answers as you access yourself.
5 ways to self-discovery
- Explore your passions
- Explore new hobbies
- Meet new people
- Consistently evaluate yourself
- Keep a journal for goals and behaviors
2. Goal setting and tracking
After self-exploration, you will have a clear understanding of your personality and goals, you will be able to devise a plan to accomplish those goals.
Make day-to-day goals. Aim for less and you will accomplish more in the long run. Research shows that people who create complicated goals are much less likely to achieve them than those working on smaller, clearly-defined projects.
The bottom line
Always remember that nothing ever gets accomplished without deliberate effort. If you don’t recognize your true potential and strive to live up to it, you will feel less fulfilled in life. Lack of fulfillment can increase your chances of being stressed and ultimately ill.