I have clients in my office on a daily basis who are suffering from anxiety and/or depression. I feel safe saying that almost everyone has suffered from anxiety or depression, is suffering right now, or knows someone who is. If you, or someone you know struggles with anxiety or depression, this post is designed specifically for you. Your struggles are close to my heart.
I suffered from both of these emotional imbalances – anxiety and depression - for several years. I had panic attacks that would put me on the floor and keep my husband home from work. Depression that was mild enough to keep me out of the doctor's office, but severe enough that my life felt heavy and overwhelming. Both of these struggles can wreak havoc on an individual’s mental, emotional, and physical life – as well as entire families.
My journey to healing involved many different diets, supplements, naturopaths, homeopaths, chiropractors, energy healers, self care, tears, money, frustration, and patience. My journey was complicated for a very long time. Then, all of a sudden things became very simple. Healing happened almost overnight.
Healing doesn’t have to be hard. Sometimes we believe that getting better takes a lot of time, a lot of money, and a lot of work. It doesn’t. It can be as simple as a change in perspective.
Our bodies are divinely created and know exactly how to heal. If you are alive and reading this blog, your body is in a state of healing. Despite how “bad” things might seem on the outside. Our bodies are always working hard to support us and keep us healthy, despite all of the self criticism was give ourselves. All it takes is a few little tweaks of our minds and emotions to shift into peace.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our stories of “getting better” that we never get better.
Illness is simple and so is health. The science of vitality continually proves itself over and over. What we think in our minds and then feel in our bodies, creates our physical reality.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.” –Napoleon Hill
Your health truly does begin in your mind. If we realize how much power our thoughts have over our circumstances, we could guard our thoughts and keep them positive as our top priority.
Our thoughts drive and create emotion. Emotion is what causes us to make decisions. Those decisions turn into our reality. Specific thoughts turn on different emotions, and different emotions produce different outcomes.
I am going to share with you a flow chart that came to me a few months back. I have been sitting with it, implementing it in my life, and preparing it for the world. I am so excited to now share this with you! This is truly the simplest path to radiant living.
We have our information input at the top – this is the part of life that we don’t have much control over. This is something we read on social media, a news story, a conversation with a friend or spouse, the weather, other peoples actions, and even past experiences. Have you ever been on facebook scrolling through your feed feeling good, and then happen upon a heartbreaking story and it shifts your whole vibe for the day? Have you ever woken up happy and ready for the new day, to turn around and have one of the kids wake up grouchy and it brings you right down with them? All of these examples represent “Information Input” – or, outside circumstances we cannot control.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” –Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor
We cannot control the information input, but we can control the next step on the chart – our thoughts! Did you realize you have complete control of what thoughts you think?! You do! Until we begin to train our minds, it can feel like they are out of our control and just ‘pop’ up out of nowhere. THIS is the key to your health (and prosperity, and joy, and relationships, and career…). Our thoughts directly create our emotions, and our emotions directly create our reality. How do we control our thoughts? Meditation, visualization, affirmations, and awareness. I discuss the chart and ways to change our thoughts in the video below.
Our thoughts, no matter what they are, funnel into 3 main emotions.
Thoughts, conscious or unconscious, that center around not being good enough funnel into that “drained” feeling. It’s that feeling of overwhelm that freezes us in our tracks. Those feelings funnel down to depression, which funnels down to stress, which funnels down to disease.
Thoughts, conscious or unconscious, that center around fear and being unsupported will bring racing thoughts, excess energy, and a burned out nervous system. That feel of fear creates anxiety, which creates stress, which creates disease.
Love and Healing
Here’s the good part. Thoughts, conscious or unconscious, that center around an open heart full of love and trust, will bring feelings of peace and compassion. Those feelings create empowerment and joy, which create health in all areas of your life.
One more thought about thoughts
Thoughts are just that – thoughts. They come and go. Do not place any judgment around whatever comes into your mind. Don’t take your thoughts so seriously. Bring awareness to the patterns and then lovingly change them if you want to.
Love is your first line of defense against anxiety, depression, or any other physical, mental, and emotional imbalance. Love is the greatest tool we have at our disposal. Loving thoughts are more powerful than any food you eat, supplement you take, or book you read.
We cannot change the information that comes at us, but we can change our thoughts around it. Change your thoughts, change your emotions, change your life.
I would love to hear from you! Please comment below to let me know how this information will impact your life. How can you start implementing this principle into your life?
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