Your mind is more powerful than you think. You can talk yourself into just about anything. Your life is all in your head. You have the power to create any kind of life you desire. This is my experience, based on my own life. In fact, I’ve found I can heal myself mentally by simply changing my thought process. Barring serious mental conditions, much of the anguish we suffer comes from our own thoughts. That makes sense, doesn’t it? No one but you can create your thoughts. That means no one but you can change them.
Anger – What have you gotten yourself all worked up about now? In your head you have a swirling mass of beliefs based on your experiences in life. Some are accurate. Some are not. You become angry (based on those beliefs) when you experience something else. Keep your mind open. Let it accept the fact that people have their own beliefs and agendas and are not always out to get you.
Depression – Oh dear, poor pitiful you. Nobody else has gone through what you have in life. Depression is no joke. I understand. Still, you can talk yourself into a happier state of mind if you let go of those negative thoughts. And of course, there is clinical depression, for which you need professional counseling. But in the meantime, try to remember that the human condition is not always sunshine and roses.Concentrate on the good and move on. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
Happiness – Yes, you can think yourself happy. Think about it. No pun intended. Think about the times when your thoughts have led you to unhappy conclusions. It works in reverse too. You can think yourself happy. See the good in everything that happens to you. Even negative experiences are valuable. In some cases, they provide you with strength to overcome them. In other cases, they just make you appreciate the good. Happiness is all in your head, just like every other thought.
Anxiety – Anxiety attacks run in my family. That doesn’t mean we accept them. Over the years, I’ve learned to see them for what they are. Anxiety is nothing but your own subconscious mind trying to convince you to be afraid. For some reason, it has chosen a path of defense in response to something that has happened to you (or for no reason at all). Anxiety attacks are just your brain playing tricks on you. Move down a different mental path and they disappear.
Loneliness – There’s always someone with you. Surprise! It’s your own mind. Learn to entertain yourself when nobody else is around. Have a good laugh or a good cry over a book you’re reading. Reflect on your life. Your brain is a playground for your thoughts. So take a seat on a swing. Soar into unlimited possibilities. What do you think people did before electronic entertainment was available? They entertained themselves, sure. But, mostly, they spent time developing their own thought processes. Want to boost your mental health? Begin by changing the way you think.
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