So these are always fun. You’ve been coping nicely with your OCD and you think you have everything under control and then bam, out of nowhere, something unexpected happens.
This happened to me this week, it snowed and we got loads of the stuff. Normally this would be an event for celebration as it would mean, time off work, lots of fun to be had, perfect bliss but when you have a 1 year old who has only just learnt to walk and isn’t terribly keen on walking in 6 plus inches of snow and you can’t get your car off the drive then you are faced with a potentially stressful situation.
Most people who have suffered from some sort of mental health issue will know that getting out, even if it’s just for a walk is very important. Being stuck in with only 4 walls as your friends can be unwise and so I’ve got to say the last 5 days have really tested me.
My normal routine (something that helps keep me grounded) was thrown out of the window. My food shopping delivery was cancelled twice and so I’ve had to improvise there as well, working on limited supplies and having to adapt to new food brands and shops (as anyone with OCD will know familiar things bring calmness).
You know what though, I have survived and I have been able to adapt and so what I should draw from the last 5 days is that I am more adaptable now then I have ever been. Even by writing that statement I am now looking back more positively on the last 5 days. My perspective has been changed and so maybe this is the lesson I should pull from this experience.
Everything we go through teaches us something. If we can look back on past events and try and find a positive lesson from the experience rather then a negative one, then maybe our memories will be more positive and we will look back happily instead of negatively. I personally don’t have many good memories, most of them are tainted by OCD but perhaps I can now reflect back and see if I can put a positive slant on them?
Hopefully this can help you too, try and see the positive lesson from a bad OCD experience/memory.
Stay Strong xxx