For many years, I have been unable to articulate WHY we live as we do, (telecommuting consultants from an off-road, off-grid cabin in Alaskan woods) other than joking about my husband''s mid-life crisis. Just last week, however, I figured it out when we listed all the people we know who seem to lead very stressful lives. I realized that our very intentional living choices had the added benefit of reducing our stress levels. No more back pain. Better quality sleep. A deeper savings account.
By “intentional life,” I mean pro-actively thinking about one's priorities, values, and goals in an actionable way, such as how you want to spend time, with whom, doing what. Then enact those goals by, in part, shedding activities, people, and expenses that detract from those goals in order to free up resources to pursue what matters to you.
Our stress reducers seem to have been the following. Maybe your list would be similar or different:
*increase exposure to nature,
*reduce personal ignorance, and
*reduce sense of urgency.