So we made it to 2018, woohoo! For most people the festive period is a time to celebrate and relax but I am more then aware that when you have a mental illness a big break in routine can be terrifying, especially if you don’t have the required support at home.
I’ve talked before about having a plan of action in place for this sort of event. It’s also important to not let yourself fall backwards or be tempted by things you know may make the situation worse, such as drinking too much. Try as hard as you can to be in control. Not always easy I realise.
Know what your triggers are and do your best to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them completely then prepare for them but don’t overthink it, this can cause anxiety in itself.
If you know for example, that you will be on your own the whole of Saturday then plan in things you enjoy to break the day up. Go for a walk, do some baking, sewing, watch a movie (always a good way to use up 2-3 hours), read. Identify the things that you find relaxing and have a day to enjoy them.
If you find your OCD sneaking in, change the activity or distract your mind with something new. Call a friend or family member for a chat if you can. If that’s not possible try to think of a time when you did feel calm and relaxed and know that the anxiety and thoughts will pass with time. Know that the body is unable to sustain heightened emotions and anxiety for long periods of time and breath through them.
I now realise that potentially this post has come a week to late and I’m sorry about that, it has been an especially busy Christmas period this year.
Looking forward to 2018 and all the new opportunities to beat OCD and become stronger. The great thing about new year is that it’s a fresh start but don’t get too caught up in the whirlwind as it can put a lot of pressure on you. Setting a new years resolution of
‘I will fight every OCD thought which comes into my head this year and win‘
can really be setting yourself up to fail. If you want to set targets, make them realistic and always remember to take every day one step at a time and that each day can be a new beginning as well as each new year!
I still fight every day and every day it gets easier but I’m sure this year will hold some new challenges for me, I will do my best to continue to share successful strategies as much as I can. We must all go forward knowing we can win!
Stay Strong xxx