How Limiting Beliefs Contribute To Depression
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What holds people back the most and causes them to settle for a mediocre lifestyle? Everyone has a big dream when they are in their adolescent years, but as they get older, life gets in the way. If you ask them, they will just tell you that reality set in as they got older. This doesn’t have to be the case. The main reason people choose to settle is due to limiting beliefs that they encounter when they become overwhelmed at how much work they have to put in to making their dreams happen. Since being overwhelmed contributes to anxiety, and the latter contributes to cases of depression, you can see where the growing cases of mental illness today come from. This article will take a look at some of the ways of conquering those limiting beliefs so that we can live a more productive, and higher standard life.
Perhaps the most powerful organ in the human body is the mind. It is the seat of virtually everything that takes place on the inside of us. Unfortunately the average person only uses about 10% of their mental faculties. It’s true that the more you expand your mind, the more your consciousness expands, and the more you are able to handle in life. Sadly, the more persecution you will experience from the dream killers’ who are more jealous of a genius than anything; this is because it is easier to condemn someone for their success versus going out and charting their own path to success in life.
Controlling The Mind
Once you learn how to discipline and control your mind, you will find you have no limitations in life and can accomplish anything you set out to do. Of course the secret to not becoming overwhelmed and having a panic attack, which can lead to depression, is to realize you can’t do everything. You can only prioritize what needs to be done and what you are the most passionate about. Thankfully there are seven billion people on the planet; therefore you don’t have to do everything. Just think of how much easier life would be if everyone contributed to making the world a better place to live. We probably wouldn’t have corporate greed nor a welfare safety net within our governments.
The first step to disciplining our mind to train it to focus on the positive. This will take some serious work since human nature is oriented toward negativity. It will be even harder if your closest friends have a negative mindset. If you can do this, you will no doubt experience the Law of Attraction. This means that you will repel any negativity and attract more positivity into your life. Sadly, this also means that you may have to find some new friends since they will think you have lost your mind!
In Psychology circles, the formal retraining of your thoughts is known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is used to help mental health patients overcome cases of depression. While antidepressants and other psychotropic medications may have their place in the healing process, they do not actually heal depression. You have to find the healing within yourself by changing your thought patterns and finding yourself on a journey of self-discovery.
The happiest people, or the least depressed, are those who know who they are and what they want out of life. These happy people are also the most “liberal”, which in its base form simply means open-minded and generous. The more open-minded you become, the more of a free spirit you become. The more free spirited you become, then the less limited you will feel. You will no longer feel trapped when you realize that you are where you’re at, because you chose to be there. Feeling trapped is a mental state that contributes to issues with depression and anxiety like nothing else.
While depression seems to have more to do with trauma from as far back as early childhood, anxiety has more to do with fear of the future. The two usually coexist together since fear of the future may cause you to make poorer choices that results in depression over the mistakes you make due to being slowed down by anxiety. Exposure Therapy is another feature of Cognitive Behavior Therapy where you can learn to face your fears gradually over time. This helps to develop confidence and approach the future more boldly which rids your body of anxiety. Since both mental illnesses (depression and anxiety) often exist together, and when you conquer one, you will inevitably conquer the other.
The main reason people give up on their dreams is often because they haven’t realized the power of their thoughts or their full potential. Another reason is because they haven’t realized that it doesn’t take as much work as they have taught themselves all of their lives. All you have to do is know how to simplify and prioritize. Even Albert Einstein believed that the secret to being a genius was knowing how to simplify things. When you make life simple, you inevitably experience less depression and anxiety because all things become more clear and less problematic. Then all you have to do is prioritize what you actually want out of life.
- Erwin Bishop