One for the kids/teenagers: STOMP out ANTs

Stomp out the Ants

STOMP out the ANTs  (automatic negative thoughts).

While STOMP out the ANTS won’t suit all people or their philosophies in how to treat anxiety/depression, it does offer a simple distractive technique for those whose minds tend to automatically direct themsleves toward the negative. You simply use the self-talk of STOMP each time an automatic negative thought enters your mind.  My description here is very simplistic, so I encourage you to go to Sally McCormakc’s website if interested.  I have seen her talk, have completed her STOMP program and she is a leading pyschologist in Adolescent mental health.


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