Crush the ANTS: How to Kill Negative Thoughtsby
Ever considered a new role or career path only for your mind to tell you that you are not up to it? Or started a new relationship only for negative thoughts to surface saying you are not good enough or that it is doomed to failure? Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTS) are the scourge of even the most optimistic and can rapidly develop into an infestation if left unchecked.
Our brains are hardwired to focus on the negative to protect us and while fear serves a purpose, if all we think about are negative thoughts all we get are negative outcomes. If you see yourself as incapable or unworthy, you boost production of the stress hormone which affects your health and your mind. On the contrary, positive thoughts release chemicals that make us feel calm. So how to manage those ANTS?
In his book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life Dr. Daniel Amen introduces a simple technique that helps stop negative thoughts in their tracks: Write, Investigate, Talk (WIT)
- Write down the thought and clearly identify it.
- Investigate the thought and ask whether it is true, and If not…
- Talk back to it and tell it it’s false.
Negative thoughts left unchecked lead to beliefs and those beliefs lead to actions, which can ultimately damage relationships and destroy dreams and ambitions. By using WIT each time negative thoughts arise you can stop ANTS in their tracks.
For more information on Dr. Amen and his Clinics that have helped thousands of people manage stress, depression, and anxiety, visit: danielamenmd.com
Alternatively, checkout Dr. Daniel and Tana Amen’s video: 3 Quick Steps to Stop Negative Thinking Now