This final module covers the importance of having a purpose as having purpose makes it easier to bounce back in challenging times by providing perspective, stability, confidence and determination. Module three will also discuss the value of setting yourself an action plan to improve your resilience as nothing happens until you take action!
Purpose in life also leads to both improved health and longevity. According to the neurology department at Northwestern University, Illinois, people who feel like they have a purpose are more likely than others to have good quality sleep.Another study of “Blue Zones” (communities in the world in which people are more likely to live past 100), identified that one of the main factors shared amongst centenarians is having a strong sense of purpose.People who think their life has meaning are more likely to make a conscious effort to look after their health and wellbeing.
Additionally, the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, found people with a low sense of purpose were 2.4 times more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than those with strong purpose.
Having something to look forward to is a key contributor to maintaining a sound mind through your elderly years. Overall, people with a greater sense of purpose generally experience greater mental wellbeing and are far less likely to suffer more common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Being purpose-driven won’t add more hours to your day, but it will give you the strength and energy to not be so worn down by workplace demands.A study by the Harvard Business Review found that retiring later than 65 was associated with an 11% lower mortality risk. Not to say that your work is at the core being of your purpose, but it can certainly be beneficial when you are passionate about your chosen career.
Consider this quote by Tanveer Naseer. Tanveer Naseer is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed leadership writer, keynote speaker, and leadership corporate trainer and consultant.
Let’s now consider eight warning signs that you notice that you are not feeling at your best and lacking resilience.
Low resilience can mean you are more easily affected by stressful situations, the signs and symptoms are broadly similar to those you might see if you’re affected by stress, anxiety or depression, and can include:
Look out for signs in others that their resilience may be low too and talk to them to see what it is that causing it and use a few of the ideas you’ve covered today to help them.
When these warning signs and symptoms emerge – it is critical to have a plan in place to properly deal with them or alleviate them which can be a tremendous help in fostering resilience
The final course assessment to follow contains a number of questions to provide you with an opportunity to solidify and retain the information from this course.