The butterfly effect and your mental health

Your smallest thoughts and actions can bring devastation or greatness in your life in a way you may have never thought of.

If thoughts pondered upon long enough can have both surprisingly positive and devastatingly negative results, it’s no surprise that at some point, someone is going to take this theory and write about it from a number of perspectives.

The butterfly effect, described by 
Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, describes it as the large scale effect as a result of a small change.(read more about him here)

The butterfly effect quickly made it’s way to be described from various perspectives in science, literature,cinematography, and more. It gave inspiration to writers from both the science fiction(A sound of thunder) and self help genres (The butterfly effect : how your life matters), becoming a well known and respected theory that you can also learn something from, mainly looking at it from a mental health perspective.

The truth is that thoughts,fears, and desires can materialize for anyone who spends enough time in their company. It’s how ideas are born, how phobias become so bad, and ultimately, it’s how dreams give us purpose in life. Dreams give us something to fight for, something we want so badly we can hardly spend a day without thinking about how it would be to actually fulfill them.

But when we are morally or emotionally down, when we have a recurring problem that falls upon the mental health category, we can see cases of both happiness and triumph, as well as stories of sadness and a constant fight with our thoughts. 

The everyday things we think when we have to deal with these issues will play a bigger role than we initially believe  when it comes to who we are and who we want to be as a person, while the negativity can quickly overcome us if we are not careful, tossing us back into the deep black hole of nothingness filled with worries, fears, and failures, all thanks to a such small thing, that over time became bigger than we could handle as a result of the butterfly effect.

There is no need for complex description of how this can turn your life upside down, however there is a simple lesson that some of us learn when it’s too late:

Whatever you are dealing with, depression,anxiety, or another affliction that falls in the mental health category, feeling like you are stuck inside a place that has no exit, don’t forget that you were never truly alone, but people are extremely careful when it comes to hiding their pain. Neither will you be forever stuck in the place that you are in, as long as each day you at least try to flap your wings towards freedom and happiness.

Thank you for reading, if you found this to be helpful, I hope to see you as a returning reader. If you want to ask a certain topic to be written about, or just give some criticism, feel free to comment or email me. In case you are new to my blog, welcome!

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