Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what causes depression. Experts say that there are many factors involved in your likelihood to develop this illness.
Some people are more at risk than others, but there are certain precautions you can take to lessen your chances of developing depression.
Firstly, a healthy lifestyle goes a long way. If you’re using recreational drugs, for example, you’re making changes in your brains that may not sit well with it.
These drugs can cause severe anxiety and depression for highly sensitive people. So first and foremost; don’t play Russian roulette with your brain.
You are at risk of developing depression if:
- You have a family history of depression;
- You have a history of long-term stress;
- You have a chronic illness;
- You abuse drugs
The way you respond to your thoughts and feelings also heavily influences your likelihood of suffering from depression. When the negative thoughts are coming thick and fast, it’s hard to stop them.
But sometimes you may develop subconscious beliefs that perpetuate your condition. In the this article I’m going to list the top 4 beliefs, or ‘stories’ you tell yourself that are known to cause depression or make your existing depression worse.
ONE: I Should Just Snap Out Of It
No, you shouldn’t; because you may not be able to. So why beat yourself up about something that’s beyond your control?
If you’re judging yourself for not feeling better soon enough, stop. Whatever you’re going through is real, and deserves your attention – most importantly, YOU deserve your attention.
So take care of yourself, get some help and understand that depression is a serious illness, sometimes caused by elements or situations that are out of your control.
TWO: I’ll Never Be Happy
If you’re feeling down and have been feeling this way for a while, you might feel like you’re never going to be happy. The problem is if you keep saying that to yourself, this will become your reality.
If you haven’t read my article ‘the mechanism of belief systems ‘, please take some time to do so. It will show you why you are what you think – literally.
THREE: I’m Not Good Enough
Self-loathing is the best friend of depression. But the thought ‘I’m not good enough’ is just another story your mind is telling you that simply isn’t true. Don’t try to get rid of this thought. just do your best to be aware of its creator – your ‘inner critic’. Every one of us has one of these.
But I bet nobody ever told you that the thoughts coming in from your inner critic are just thoughts – you don’t need to believe them, nor do you need to act upon them. Mindful meditation can really help you recognise your inner critic and not get caught up in the stories it tells you. I highly recommend you try it.
FOUR: This Feeling Will Last Forever
No, it won’t. Feelings come and feelings go – that’s true for the good ones as well as the bad ones. When you’re spiralling into depression, this can be hard to believe – but it is TRUE. I promise.
If you would like a little help managing your depression symptoms you might like to try this hypnosis mp3 download.
If you want to know more about what causes depression you can get in touch with me any time via my contact page. I’ll answer all of your questions and if I think I can help you I’ll explain how my program works.