How is purpose a self-care component?
Individuals with a strong sense of purpose experience physical and mental health benefits attributed to a number of factors. Purpose can help us manage stress and adversity and promote resilience, bouncing back from negative events faster. It can motivate us to take more care of ourselves and engage in healthy behaviours. It can give us a reason to get up in the morning, set and achieve goals and give us a sense of belonging and Connection which can result in us feeling less isolated and more supported. Purpose often means contributing to something larger than ourselves with can provide a sense of fulfilment and joy.
I believe purpose has five interrelated components. Our values underpin our sense of purpose. Purposeful circumstances are the shape and structure that supports the right projects and days. How we sustain our purpose comes next and our actions and behaviours are the practice of our purpose at the working surface. Finally, the objectives of any task or project help hold it all together. Some of these elements can be more or less important and some may be critical to something feeling purposeful to you or not.
What defines your purpose can change during your life just as your self-care needs change with age and circumstances. What was purposeful for someone in their 20’s will most likely change through subsequent decades. In the context of Day Crafting, purpose is relevant at the scale of a day, project and to your identity.
Purpose is explored in depth in the Productivity Workbook.