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Ask Jigsaw: Thinking about meaning of life

Ask Jigsaw: Thinking about meaning of life

Friday, 04 September 2020

i’ve been feeling not myself and thinking a lot about the meaning of life. i just don’t see a point if we all die in the end. i don’t want to die but i can’t stop constantly thinking about what is the point of anything.

i also keep thinking about what happens after death, is that it for everyone- that we just cease to exist. i haven’t thought about life this way before and i don’t like thinking about it this way but is it all that it is.

-9999

Hi there,

Thank you for reaching out, those are some big questions that many of us grapple with.

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Death is a natural and interesting thing to wonder about. The answer to whether we cease to exist is not a straightforward one. The answer will likely vary according to individual differences such as religion, spirituality, culture and so on.

 

However, even if we can’t find a definite answer, it’s good to be curious, and to be open to learning about different perspectives. While it can be interesting and thought-provoking, it can however become overwhelming if we think about it constantly.

Hazel
Jigsaw clinician
You are uniquely you, and no one else can offer exactly what you can offer.

Connections and experiences

The point of human life in general is hard to know. That doesn’t mean there is no point to your own life, though. Try to forge meaning in your own existence through the connections you make and the experiences you have.

Think about the people’s lives you touch, however small, and the differences you have and will continue to make to them.

Find things you’re passionate and interested about, and things you can contribute to.

You are uniquely you, and no one else can offer exactly what you can offer. It’s clear you have an inquisitive, curious mind, and the world always needs more of that.

Overthinking

While it is ok to think about these things, it is important to be able to take a break when your thoughts feel overwhelming. Practicing some type of relaxation exercise or a grounding technique may help you to let go of the thoughts for a while.

You might also find it helpful to talk about your thoughts with someone you trust.

You are always welcome to use our Live Chat service if you would like to chat some more or explore ways to start feeling like yourself again.

Take care,

Hazel

Jigsaw clinician

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