Tips for finding meaning through your values

Posted on June 26, 2020 by

The current period of uncertainty presents an opportune moment to reflect on your actions to date; particularly in relation to your health and wellbeing (e.g. physical, psychological, emotional, or spiritual).

Many of us will have great plans for optimising our health and wellbeing however, before rushing ahead to set various goals, it is important to clarify what values are underlying your personal goals.

Admittedly, it’s challenging to identify your values. A good starting point could be to answer the following questions when thinking about your health:

  • How do you want to be remembered by your loved ones?  
  • What would you most like to hear these important people say about you and how you cared for your health?  
  • Why is this important? 
  • Identify three people who are your health role models. Name them and write down what values they embody. Why are they your role models? 

Connecting with what’s truly important to you will help support you to align your daily behaviours with your personal values. Consequently, this can lead to a more meaningful and satisfying life.   

As you return to your new normal life, be mindful of the choices you make in relation to your health.   

  • Consciously put a label on the values behind your daily choices.  
  • Notice whether the values you identified above are reflected in your actions. If not, what values are you expressing or living by? Notice if there are any patterns or trends. 

In self-reflecting, query what this tells you about what you want. What you are willing to sacrifice, and what is non-negotiable with relation to your health. If you experience a lot of dissatisfaction with your choices, you may not be effectively living by your values and may need to re-evaluate what is most important to you. 

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