Stuck in COVID-19 isolation, it’s easy to veer into the deep end of negative thoughts. Many of us are dealing with profound, real-world challenges such as job loss, health crises, and protecting our children. The reality of the situation is difficult enough, but when we allow widespread fear and negativity to enter the picture, the emotional toll can be crippling.
Psychiatrist and author Dr. Daniel G. Amen describes this natural gravitational pull as “ANTs,” or “automatic negative thoughts.” Originally, our brains developed to worry constantly in order to keep us alive as primates. But the predisposition toward fear and concern can interfere with living our best lives.