Survive & Exist VS Live & Thrive

Survive & Exist VS Live & Thrive

As humans, how we experience life may differ – from simply surviving each day to truly thriving. In this MFC article, we will explore the concepts of surviving, existing, living, and thriving, and provide practical tips on how to move towards a more fulfilling, meaningful  life – a life of thriving

Let’s begin with what it means to survive. Surviving is the basic instinct to stay alive and cope with life’s challenges. When you are in survival mode, you may feel overwhelmed, stressed, and just trying to get through each day. It’s important to acknowledge when you are in survival mode and seek support from friends, family, or a mental health professional. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it.

Existing is a step beyond surviving, where you are going through the motions of life but not fully engaging or finding joy in your experiences. If you feel like you are just existing, it may be time to reflect on what brings you fulfillment and purpose. Take time to explore your interests, set goals, and make small changes to create a more meaningful life.

Living is about being present in the moment, engaging with the world around you, and finding joy in everyday experiences. To truly live, practice mindfulness, gratitude, and self-care. Take time to appreciate the beauty in the world, connect with others, and engage in activities that bring you happiness and fulfillment.

And now, we reach the ultimate goal, that of thriving which involves flourishing, growing, and reaching your full potential. To thrive, your focus needs to be on personal growth, self-improvement, and pursuing your passions. Set ambitious goals, challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone and embrace new opportunities for growth and development. Surround yourself with supportive and positive people who encourage your growth and well-being.

Let’s see how these strategies might look in the context of orgaon and time management skills at each level to further enhance your life for better mental health:nizati

  1. Morning Routine: 
  • Incorporate mindfulness practices such as meditation or deep breathing exercises to start your day with a sense of calm and focus.
  • Engage in physical activity, such as yoga or a morning walk, to boost your energy levels and improve your mood.
  • Keep a gratitude journal to cultivate a positive mindset and set intentions for your day 
  1. Prioritizing Tasks:
  • Use time-blocking techniques to allocate specific time slots for different tasks and avoid multitasking.
  • Utilise productivity tools such as task management apps or a physical planner to keep track of your to-do list and deadlines.
  • Tackle the most challenging task first to increase motivation and productivity. 
  1. Scheduling Breaks:
  • Try working in focused intervals (e.g., 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break) to maintain productivity and prevent burnout.
  • Take short breaks to stretch, hydrate, or practice mindfulness exercises to refresh your mind and body.
  • Schedule longer breaks for meals or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
  1. Setting Boundaries:
  • Establish designated workspaces at home to create a physical boundary between work and personal life.
  • Communicate your boundaries with colleagues, friends, and family members to ensure they respect your time and space.
  • Practice assertiveness skills to confidently say no to additional commitments that may overwhelm you.
  1. Practicing Self-Care:
  • Prioritise adequate sleep by establishing a consistent bedtime routine and ensuring you get enough rest each night.
  • Engage in hobbies or activities that bring you joy and fulfillment to recharge your mental and emotional batteries.
  • Seek support from a mental health expert if you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health.

Takeaway Message:

Moving from surviving to thriving is a journey that requires self-awareness, courage, and perseverance. It’s important to be flexible and adjust these strategies as needed to suit your individual preferences and lifestyle. Remember that it’s okay to seek help and support along the way. By taking small steps each day to prioritise your mental health, well-being, and personal growth, you can move towards a more fulfilling and thriving life. Embrace the journey, be kind to yourself, and believe in your ability to thrive. You deserve to live a life that brings you joy, purpose, and fulfillment.

Stay tuned for our next article where we will explore the difference between being “kind” and being “nice.” 

Important: If you find yourself struggling to navigate your emotions or are experiencing significant distress, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and help you develop personalised strategies to manage your emotions effectively.

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Important: If you find yourself struggling to navigate your emotions or are experiencing significant distress, consider seeking support from a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and help you develop personalised strategies to manage your emotions effectively.

Dr Rosanna Francis is a clinical psychologist who believes in the inner strength of the individual, and the value of tapping into these strengths and learning new skills to help one live a more comfortable, fulfilling life. She has over 20 years’ experience working across a diverse range of psychological issues, including anxiety, depression, complex trauma, relationships, stress, self-confidence, and emotion regulation; and a special interest (research & clinical) in working with people with high intellectual ability who struggle with anxiety.