OCD can feel very oppressive at times, so I realise the thought of looking on the bright side could be laughable at times. However the further I travel along my OCD journey the more I see that there are aspects of OCD which you could look on positively.
Here are some of the brighter aspects of my OCD:
I feel like I appreciate things more
It’s very easy day to day to forget about how lucky we are. A lot of the time OCD intrusive thoughts are born out of the fear of loosing what we have, whether that’s your lifestyle, freedom, the people you love, your health, the list goes on. I think my OCD makes me appreciate what I have much more than I otherwise would.
I care about others more
I feel like I have more compassion for others and a bit more insight when trying to understand peoples actions. As we are all well aware, you don’t always know whats going on in someones mind.
I am more active
Anyone recovering from mental illness should know the benefits of exercising. There’s no better motivator then the possibility of feeling better.
I am more social
For me being in the house, on my own, for long periods of time, is very detrimental and so my OCD has pushed me to take part in activities, interact with people more and get out as much as I can. It definitely stops me being lazy and as a result I do more and have more friendships and fun.
I am becoming calmer (slowly!)
OCD recovery is a slow process and it’s not normally all in one direction unfortunately but every time I fall back, I also come back a little bit stronger and I know one day I will get there. OCD has taught me patience, it’s making me calmer and more peaceful. It’s taught me mindfulness and allowed me to understand myself better.
Yes, I still battle daily and it’s worth it because all the good things that have come out of my OCD have all come from the recovery I’m currently wading through. So if you’ve happened upon this blog and you’ve just been diagnosed or you’re having a bad day and finding your recovery hard, I urge you to write down all the good things you’ve discovered about yourself as a result of your OCD. Know that when you come out the other side you will be stronger, happier and more at peace.
I hope this has helped to throw some light onto what can so often be a very dark place.
OCD after all is all about thinking about things differently, is it not?
Stay strong xxx