But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

23 Mar 2016


It’s possible to think positively if you KILL YOUR ANTS!
We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with fear and bad news that triggers our automatic negative thinking—ANTS! Need proof? Just turn on the TV or cruise through the net. Doom and gloom stories dominate the headlines—because fear makes us pay attention.
In fact, our brains are wired to focus on the negative in order to avoid things that might hurt us. Fear definitely serves a purpose, but what happens when all we seem to focus on are negative thoughts? Bad things. Take a look at these compelling facts:
  • Every thought you have releases chemicals in the brain.
  • Hopeful thoughts release chemicals that help you feel happy and calm.
  • Negative thoughts release chemicals that make you feel stressed and sad.
  • If what you bring your attention to determines how you feel and act, focusing too much on negative thoughts can lead to destructive behaviors—behaviors that can ruin your important relationships and ruin your mind.
Enough of the bad news. There is good news!
You can learn how to kill your automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and focus on the positive.
Here’s how…
In this short video, Dr. Daniel Amen and his wife, health and wellness expert Tana Amen, discuss how to challenge and kill your own ANTs in three easy steps.
3 steps to kill those ANTs
  1. Write it down. When those automatic negative thoughts start tumbling around in your mind, write them down to clearly identify them.
  1. Investigate. Ask yourself, are these thoughts even true? Uninvestigated thoughts can lead us to act in harmful ways.
  1. Talk back. If you discover that these negative thoughts are false, talk back to them! Tell these thoughts you know they aren’t true!
Practice these steps each time you feel automatic thoughts entering your brain. By labeling, investigating, and then talking back to your automatic negative thoughts, you’ll turn your mind into "an ANT ghost town."
Amen Clinics has helped thousands of people manage stress, depression, and anxiety. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at any of our six clinics, nationwide.

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