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The Ants Go Marching 10 by 10

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.

ants marching

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!…

7 Responses to “The Ants Go Marching 10 by 10”

  1. Dot Says:

    I like this idea and will be reading more about it. I’ve recently begun facing some of my self-talk, and this concept will make it fun. Thanks!

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  2. Cath Lawson Says:

    Oh Patricia – I had hoped you’d be feeling better. You shouldn’t be blogging – you should be resting.

    When you’re feeling really ill physically – you always tend to feel depressed to. What I do is to keep reminding myself that I wouldn’t be feeling that way, if I didn’t feel so ill.

  3. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

    I make a mental list of the things I’m grateful for. It always helps.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Vered and Cath, thank you both for your good wishes and comments – I just appreciate you both so much!
    I need to stay and touch and keep active, not only to keep the fluids loose and moving out, but to keep my brain from going so weird….it helps me feel better
    I seem to be able to keep reading blogs, but not all the news sources and my new book…
    glad to find you here..

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  5. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    I can highly recommend this ANTS thing and also Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s -Nonviolent communications/Compassionate Communications
    Mediation and problem-solving begins with how we self-talk to ourselves and getting rid of all those old tapes and stories before we try to take new action or find a new resolution.
    Thank you for you comments.
    I discovered the RSS subscription I did on your site did not register on my reader I will come back and try again.

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  6. deb Says:

    Oh happy day, finally my subscription worked and you are on my home page. See things are already looking up a new subscriber!

  7. Patricia Says:

    Thank you Deb! a new subscriber and I posted my 100th post yesterday and we had a great evening at book group! Sunshine today and Fall colours abounding…who could ask for anything more?

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