According to new research, asking yourself the “big questions” with regards to life leads to lower levels of depression and anxiety. People who question and seek out the meaning of life is found to have better mental health. Conversely, the fear of asking ourselves such questions may lead to problems with emotional regulation.
These tough questions about faith, morality, the purpose of life, even religious and spiritual struggles are often seen to be sensitive topics that people would avoid talking about. However, it is critical to note that for those who avoid these questions, their anxiety and depression tend to be more intense than others. People who allow themselves to think about these questions and embrace the struggles with our basic beliefs and values are found to have better mental health than those who don’t.
Moreover, those who are unwilling to think about the spiritual struggles may tend to be more close-minded as well. Such avoidance can possibly lead to their rejection of others who diverge from their own personal beliefs like religious teachings and gender-based identity.
With that being said, people who have a healthier emotional life are able to accept troubling thoughts. They are able to look at spiritual struggles in an objective way and even though they may not be able to figure these thoughts out, accepting such thoughts will help their emotional well-being. On the other hand, pushing away these thoughts may have a strain on the emotional health.
Source material from Psyblog