Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hump Day Boost-

    If you are trying to fight back the OCD bully by not believing the threatening
thoughts and/or temptations to do rituals so as to keep your fears at bay, then you might
be feeling somewhat weary and anxious from all the 'exposure' to what the
OCD riddled brain perceives to be dangerous and risky.
     A little encouragement might be in order.

    Today, why not list all the things you've done that were courageous and positive
despite the anxiety and fear of doing them (or not doing certain non beneficial things such as rituals...rumination, etc.)  No matter how small it might seem, it is progress.
For example (TAKEN FROM THE BOOK: CONFRONTING THE BULLY OF OCD)
1- Went to the movies with friends. Felt uneasy the whole time, but liked being with people and doing something that felt like fun.
2- Ate healthy meals and took walks in the park after work.
3-Did the OCD 'talk back and exposure' exercises each day.
4-Played with my sister's baby even though I was afraid the baby might be sick.
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    Of course, these are just examples, they might not pertain to your particular OCD issues. So, add yours to the list. Even it it is simply reading the posts on this blog and attempting to follow the suggestions.
     And if you could not face the bully this week as you had hoped, give yourself credit for trying or 'wanting' to do so. It's a start.

     Happy hump day! 

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