As the coronavirus makes its way
around the globe, it has prompted a spike in negative thinking. We’re all so
concerned about sanitizing our hands, but many of us are forgetting that we need
to be just as vigilant about disinfecting our thoughts.
If ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) are infesting your mind and making you feel scared, anxious, worried, hopeless, or stressed, it’s time to fight back. It’s time for you to develop (or strengthen) a Warrior mindset so you can kill the ANTs and have a more rational, positive outlook even in the most distressing times.
many types of ANTs, but these are some of the most common:
1. All-or-Nothing ANTs: Thinking that things are either all good or all bad.
2. Just the Bad ANTs: Seeing only the bad in a situation.
3. Guilt-Beating ANTs: Thinking in words like should, must, ought, or have to.
4. Labeling ANTs: Attaching a negative label to yourself or someone else.
5. Fortune-Teller ANTs: Predicting the worst possible outcome for a situation with little or no evidence for it.
6. Mind Reader ANTs: Believing you know what other people are thinking even though they haven’t told you.
7. Blaming ANTs: Blaming someone else for your problems.
Warrior’s Way to kill the ANTs is simple and involves just 3 steps:
exercise, I’ll take 5 fearful ANTs you might be having now and show you how to
identify them and then squash them.
ANT: We’re all going to die from the coronavirus.
Kill it: A
small percentage of people may succumb to the illness, but the vast majority of
people will survive.
ANT: I’m going to go crazy if I have to stay at home.
ANT: Just the Bad ANTs
Staying home can be challenging for my mental well-being, but I can use this
time to reconnect with my family and to do projects around the house that I
have been wanting to do for years but haven’t had the time for. I can also use
this as “me” time to focus on self-care, and I deserve it.
ANT: I should lock myself in my room now even though I have no symptoms of the
COVID-19 virus, so I don’t spread it to my family.
ANT: Guilt-Beating ANTs
Kill it: I
need to be the health leader for my family and provide a good example of how to
respond in a crisis. Hiding in my room when there is no reason to believe I
have the virus isn’t being a good role model. By taking precautions and
following CDC recommendations, I can help keep myself and my family healthy.
Fearful ANT: I can’t work out without a gym, and if I can’t work out it will make me depressed and it will lower my immune system, and I’ll get sick and die.
ANT: All-or-Nothing ANTs
Just because the gym is closed doesn’t mean I can’t do anything to stay active.
I can find other ways to get some physical exercise, which will boost my immune
function and enhance my moods and help keep me healthy.
ANT: My boss didn’t include me on our video conference today. That must mean
she’s going to furlough me, and I’ll be broke and will lose everything.
ANT: MindReading ANTs
Kill it: I
can’t know what my boss—or anyone else, for that matter—is thinking unless they
tell me. These are stressful times for everyone, and maybe she just forgot to
include me on the video conference invite. I should just ask her why I wasn’t
invited and see what she says.
Practice mental hygiene every day to fortify your Brain Warrior mindset. When you adopt rational thinking, you make better decisions for yourself and your family that will help keep you all healthy.
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