- It is never too late to be what you might have been
- If you ever feel like giving up just remember quitting won’t bring you any closer to your dreams
- Be afraid and do it anyway
- You’re either fighting for your dreams or fighting for your excuses
- Just relax nothing is under control
- The real challenge is to overcome how we view ourselves
- Just a little progress each day adds up to big results
- Be obsessed with your own potential
- If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small – Richard Branson
- If you never try then you’ll never know what might have been
- Believe in yourself, you got this!
I’m pretty sure this is something that we all suffer with and if you don’t then you are incredibly lucky. My internal chatter has been pretty loud of late, it’s something that I am incredibly aware of and have been for a long time because of my OCD. Anyone with OCD will have a very loud internal chatterbox, it’s so hard to escape the noise inside your own head!
I have become pretty good at quietening mine down with practice over time. Nowadays I try to speak more positively to myself, I have become very aware of my pessimistic, glass half empty attitude so I have been pro actively trying to be more positive and change my natural thinking patterns. I have been being pretty successful and have had some really great days but one place I don’t seem able to tune out the negative chatter is at work.
I went back to work about 5 months ago after having my second child. Whilst I was off there have been a lot of changes to the way we work and I am struggling to keep up with the pace (or so my mind keeps telling me), my boss is amazing and all the stress is self imposed but I can’t seem to get myself out of this hate cycle where I just think I can’t do my job anymore even though I’ve been there for nearly 9 years now! I have HUGE episodes of impostor syndrome where I just feel like everyone thinks I’m ridiculous and can’t do my job and the amount of times I thought about leaving as surely someones going to notice I can’t do my job at some point soon anyway!
I have made such huge strides forwards in my personal life and OCD recovery but work wise I just can’t seem to think positively. It’s a huge vicious circle as well, as the time I spend worrying I’m not actually focusing on work!
So what to do about all this? It’s a good question, I think to start a list of all the reasons to give myself a break and be a bit kinder to myself:
- I’ve had 2 babies in the last 3 years and have had two years off work, its going to take a bit of time to get back up to speed
- I only work part time now and don’t have the same amount of time to commit to work anymore
- You’ve done your job for 9 years, you are able to do it
- All the pressure is self imposed and is only coming from you
- If you focus your mind on the new work rather then worrying about it you will be able to do it quicker – stop worrying, start doing
- Be realistic about what is possible and stop trying to be perfect, you’re not going to keep up with the 18 years old’s who have all the time in the world!
- Try to add in some daily relaxation
- Be kind to yourself
- Use positive affirmations – you can do it.
I’m pretty sure if one of my friends came and talked to me about the same situation I would tell them to be a lot kinder to themselves and stop expecting perfection. Why are we so hard on ourselves?
Hopefully I can put some of this plan into action and start enjoying work again soon! I hope some of this is helpful to others out there too, we probably all need to be a bit kinder to ourselves.
Happy new year all (can I still say that or is the 16th too late?), here’s to a fab 2020, and as always,
Stay Strong xxx
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