14 May The Link Between Depression and False Beliefs
Depression can be all-consuming: you don’t feel like yourself, it’s impossible to find joy in anything and just getting out of bed in the morning becomes an unbelievably daunting task. Depression can make every day feel like an uphill battle; like all hope of ever being joyful again is lost.
But much of this is rooted in false beliefs. Our beliefs can hold great power over us – if we let them. But as we’ll see, that doesn’t have to be your whole story.
How Depression Breeds Fear
The false beliefs that echo through our minds during depressive episodes are the perfect breeding grounds for fear. Depression severely impacts self-worth, sending sufferers into an anxiety spiral of imagined failures. For this reason, depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand: roughly half of those with depression also struggle with anxiety disorders.
Depression and fear tend to reinforce each other – and being in a fearful state of mind prevents us from viewing our life’s circumstances accurately and decisions that benefit us accordingly. It hinders our ability to live out our life’s true purpose and shine the light of our unique gifts upon others.
But just as a light turned on in a room dispels the darkness, awareness can dispel our fears. And we can apply this knowledge to effectively rework the deeply held, untrue beliefs that are keeping us in a depressed state.
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
False beliefs affect the way you feel about yourself and everyone around you. Because your mind and body are inextricably connected, damaging beliefs often lead to symptoms of anxiety, addiction and depression. When you believe something to be true, you act as if it is – inevitably bringing more struggle into your life.
Holistic Depression Treatment: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Through epigenetics, we now know that we are not destined to live a life designed for us by our genetic predilection. There are plenty of practices available to help you rewrite your negative narrative, and a variety of therapists who are more than capable of supporting you through the process.
Cognitive restructuring (a part of cognitive behavioral therapy), for example, helps you to identify your negative thought patterns and respond to them more soundly. Constructive journaling can help you gain a better understanding of your thoughts and reactions. And one-on-one counseling can help you develop your ability to be assertive with your own inner critic.
Mindfulness meditation is particularly effective against depression, as it allows you to distance yourself from, and gain more control over, your conditioned emotional responses.
Rewrite Your Story With Integrative Depression Recovery
Our Integrative Recovery method focuses on neuroplasticity: the ability of your brain to change. New brain cells and connections can be promoted to reverse the effects of depression. Our holistic depression treatment methods include organic superfood nutrition, exercise therapy, meditation practice, counseling and body work to help you heal – for life.
Learn more about alternative depression treatment in our article, Change the Brain: An Alternative Approach to Overcoming Your Depression.
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