August 16, 2023
Have you ever gotten frustrated with your health and thought:
Don’t worry, we all have thoughts like these at times.
But we feel so upset or frustrated that our minds search for ways to protect us. So we tell ourselves stories or make claims to do just that.
These stories we tell ourselves are called limiting beliefs. They’re “limiting” because they restrict our actions and prevent us from healing.
As a spiritual counselor, I can tell you this is a normal part of life. Plenty of my clients share absolute and rigid beliefs with me during our sessions. But these beliefs don’t have to continue to define your health journey.
You can change the stories you tell yourself and overcome your limiting beliefs. And it starts with understanding where these stories come from.
Limiting beliefs or stories we tell ourselves is something everyone experiences, especially when it comes to our health. We all have thoughts (like the ones above) that we believe to be the absolute truth.
But where do these thoughts come from? And why does our mind supply them?
Limiting beliefs about our health can crop up because of many factors. But it all boils down to one reason: your brain wants to protect you in the future.
Our minds are incredibly complex systems that are constantly learning and evolving. So they make note of past experiences, events, or traumas that evoke strong, negative emotions like:
So when we try to do something that might evoke these same emotions, our brains want to protect us. It’s an instinctive and perfectly normal reaction.
The key is to understand how your mind forms these limiting beliefs – and why these thoughts interrupt our healing journey. Then you can figure out the triggers that cause these limiting beliefs and stories to surface.
Limiting beliefs about our health are rigid and absolute thoughts that we revolve (and evolve) our lives around. They don’t allow space for new ideas, growth, and other stories.
Most people don’t question their story or beliefs until something critical, like an injury or illness, occurs. We get comfortable with what we know and believe to be true. Until only a drastic event can jolt us out of our comfort zone – which is when we realize that those stories or beliefs aren’t working for us anymore.
As a spiritual counselor, I see this all the time with my clients when we do soul work and self-discovery sessions. We’ll be talking about events on their healing journey when a rigid idea surfaces. They’ll quickly reject it because they’re so attached to that belief that they can’t move forward.
My clients often feel stuck because what they want and what they believe aren’t in alignment.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can build a bridge between where you are now and where you want to be. And the first step is identifying what triggers your mind to latch onto these limiting beliefs.
When you’re trying to improve your mind, body, or spirit, there’ll be times when things don’t go so well. You might get frustrated or upset and a limiting belief about your health might crop up.
It’s easy to listen to that belief and put restrictions on yourself. But I encourage you to try to identify why your mind supplied that limiting belief or story. Was it caused or triggered by:
If you can figure out what triggers your limiting beliefs, you can find ways to overcome them.
When you want to overcome limiting beliefs about your health, the key is to find ways to open your mind to new ideas. When you make space for them, you can grow and evolve in new directions.
But creating that openness doesn’t always come easy. After all, our minds created limiting beliefs to protect us. By making a change, you’re opening yourself up to new possibilities, which may include getting hurt in the future.
To make this process smoother, I recommend using tried-and-true mindset techniques to reword your thoughts and compassionately question your existing beliefs. Some tools my clients find the most helpful are:
All of these techniques are ways to help you be kind to yourself as you try to overcome your limiting beliefs and stories. They’ll also help you open your mind to new ideas and let go of the absolute truths you’ve been holding on to all these years.
Limiting beliefs, or the stories we tell ourselves, feel like absolute truths that we can’t change. They crop up when our minds want to protect us from future hurts or pains.
But holding on to these limiting beliefs, especially about our health, doesn’t allow room for new ideas or growth. Instead, they prevent us from moving forward on our healing journey because we believe we can’t change.
This simply isn’t true.
You can change. You can get those rigid thoughts out of your head to make space for new beliefs and stories that help you heal and grow.
You can start today with the techniques above, like journaling or meditation. Or work with a spiritual counselor (like me) to compassionately question your limiting beliefs, identify the triggers, and change the stories you tell yourself.