Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘You’re your own worst enemy’? Well I’ve definitely got that one down. I’ve become so good at it in fact that I now do it subconsciously! It wasn’t until very recently – whilst going round a supermarket – that I could hear myself saying:
‘You’re really stressed out’
‘I feel so anxious’
‘Why is this so hard?’
‘Don’t look at anyone, head down and just get what you need’
Of course if you then add in all the OCD thoughts on top:
‘That looks a bit like blood’
‘That person just knocked me, what if I’ve caught something from them?’
‘I had a bad thought when I picked that carrot up, maybe I should put that one back and pick another one?’
‘Are the ingredients in this going to give me cancer?
you get the gist, completely exhausting.
So basically I go round day after day giving myself a hard time and pretty much setting myself up to fail from the outset. My mind is constantly telling me that I’m not good enough, I can’t cope and that I’m feeling anxious. I really don’t stand a chance and to top it off most of the time I’m doing it without even realising!
When I realised I was doing this I did try to turn the phrases around and speak more positively and kindly to myself but of course I have to notice that I’m doing it before I can be proactive about it.
I think we probably all need to be a bit kinder to ourselves, I mean if we can’t be kind to ourselves then what chance do we stand and yet I bet most of us are our own worst critic.
I am going to try and think of 5 things each night that I like about myself and when I look in the mirror I’m going to try and look at the things I do like about myself rather then the things I don’t. Trying to change the habit of a life time is not going to be easy though, so many things happen without me even realising.
Why are we so hard on ourselves anyway?
Over the years I have found that in general people don’t want to hear good things, it almost feels like you’re boasting if you say ‘well my relationship is great and I love my husband very much’, people just don’t want to hear it.
People seem to like to moan and then moan to each other about each other, what
is with that?
Society seems pretty broken when I think of situations like this. It takes a very secure and happy person to be truly happy for someone else and I don’t think many people are there themselves so how can they feel it for other people?
We all need to work on our happiness and be a bit kinder to ourselves. Maybe try saying some of the following to yourself.
- I deserve to be happy
- I am in control of my own happiness
- I am blessed with wonderful family and friends
- I possess the qualities needed to be successful
- I am beautiful
- I love myself and who I am (generally a really hard one for people with OCD but so important for recovery.)
I hope they help, as always
Stay Strong xxx