Existential Concerns


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Existential concerns are questions and issues related to the meaning and purpose of life. They are fundamental questions that every human being grapples with at some point in their lives. In this blog post, we will explore the nature of existential concerns, how they manifest in our lives, and some strategies for coping with them.

What Are Existential Concerns?

Existential concerns are broad, philosophical questions related to the meaning and purpose of life. They can include questions such as:

  • What is the meaning of life?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • What happens after death?
  • Why do we suffer?
  • What is the nature of reality?

Existential concerns are universal and affect people from all walks of life. They can be triggered by major life events such as a significant loss or a traumatic experience, but they can also arise spontaneously without any apparent trigger.

How Do Existential Concerns Manifest in Our Lives?

Existential concerns can manifest in a variety of ways. Some common signs and symptoms of existential concerns include:

  • A sense of disorientation or confusion about the meaning and purpose of life
  • Feelings of anxiety or dread about death and the unknown
  • A sense of emptiness or meaninglessness in life
  • A loss of direction or purpose
  • A sense of isolation or disconnection from others

Existential concerns can be particularly challenging to deal with because they often relate to questions that do not have clear or definitive answers. This can lead to feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and even despair.

Strategies for Coping with Existential Concerns

While existential concerns may never be fully resolved, there are strategies that can help individuals cope with these issues and find meaning and purpose in life. Here are a few examples:

  1. Explore Your Values: Identifying your values can help you clarify your priorities and guide your decisions. Values such as compassion, integrity, and creativity can provide a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
  2. Connect with Others: Building connections with others can help combat feelings of isolation and disconnection. This can include connecting with family and friends, joining a social group, or volunteering in your community.
  3. Seek Professional Support: Talking to a therapist or counselor can provide a safe and supportive space to explore existential concerns and develop strategies for coping.
  4. Engage in Activities that Bring Meaning: Engaging in activities that align with your values and provide a sense of purpose can help combat feelings of meaninglessness. This can include hobbies, volunteering, or pursuing a career that aligns with your values.


Existential concerns are a natural and universal part of the human experience. While they can be challenging to deal with, there are strategies that can help individuals cope with these issues and find meaning and purpose in life. If you are struggling with existential concerns, consider seeking the support of a licensed therapist or counsellor to explore these issues and develop strategies for coping. Remember, you are not alone in your search for meaning and purpose.

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