This morning when I awoke the world looked brand new and the sun was shining after the rain. I have never seen the fall leaves look more glorious in a long, long time. I awoke after 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep and it was a new day.
I feel like I have marched around a corner in the healing process of this bout of pneumonia and life is well worth the effort even if my voice is grumbled and hoarse.
One of the side effects of this illness for me is the negative feelings that just keep marching around in my thinking – confusion, depression and anger about being ill. I could not focus, read, or clarify ideas while the temperature raged and the dreams were bazaar.
I needed others to tell me to get my rest and drink lots of fluids – take my medicine, as those things did not seem valid to me – but they surely brought about healing.
Today I made a list of ANTS: Automatic Negative Thinking that I have done over the past 12 days and really while I was ill on my trip too. The list was a bit overwhelming to see it on paper.
I immediately crossed out about 1/3 of the list as they just seemed like irrational, random thinking caused by the fever and infection. Now beside each negative thought that remains on the list, I am putting a positive script/phrase to counterbalance the droopy energy.
I will write those productive, positive phrases 5 times each over the next 12 days in my journal.
This is not my technique. NOPE! I got this from Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s book Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD It is not a new book and Dr. Amen now has some new clinics around the country to promote his message.
Using the ANTS program really helped my children through the bad moments of depression and worry and self questioning periods of their lives. I have told countless people about ANTS and how to combat them and those who practice find great relief from their negative thinking.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in her book My Stroke of Insight (book review on this blog) shared her insights about how having a stroke helped her to control her thinking and helped her make her life better. And in 90 seconds of Anger, 90 seconds of Happiness (archived post), I attempt to explain the new research on how we think and use our emotions in the thinking process.
For Factoid Friday this week I am going to share the 9 different kinds of ANTS that inhabit our thinking Ant hills, and I will say that if you have a serious problem or addiction to ANTS then you need to ramp up the number of positives you say out loud or write down for each negative you ramble on through your brain.
Catching the ANTs in the first place is the greatest skill, but it is a sport which can be mastered!
So how do you change your thinking? What kind of ANT traps do you use? Come on help us all out here…looking forward to your comments and discussion…
A Hint: Chocolate can help remove the ANTS!…