Existential Crisis: How to Cope with Meaninglessness

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Recent statistics suggest that over a quarter of UK nationals feel a deep sense of meaninglessness (Dinic, 2021).
In the wake of multiple global economic, humanitarian, environmental, and societal crises, life may appear particularly bleak.
Even a quick search of the term ‘existential crisis’ brings up topics such as wars and conflicts, emerging technology, the erosion of democracy, climate change, and many more. There is evidently much to worry about.
What can be done to alleviate these feelings, and how might we shore up our sense of meaning during challenging times?
Well, the good news is that there are many ways to cope with feelings of existential anxiety or dread, and even better yet, find a purpose to live a more fulfilled life. More on that below.
Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Meaning and Valued Living Exercises for free. These creative, science-based exercises will help you learn more about your values, motivations, and goals and will give you the tools to inspire a sense of meaning in the lives of your clients, students, or employees.

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