Saturday, 19 January 2019

Coping With My OCD Everyday



Over the years since I started blogging, I have done the odd post here and there about my OCD and the struggles that I go through. I can remember growing up and having all of these strange impulses and I genuinely thought that I was crazy. I thought that my mind was just trying to drive me crazy and after finally caving in and going to the doctors I was diagnosed at the age of 15 with having OCD. Even though I was gutted to have a condition like that, I was so happy that there was a label for what I was going through, and I wasn’t just going absolutely out of my mind.

As I get older, some of the things that I feel as a result of my OCD are intensifying and that makes it harder to go about my day to day life. I have had to develop coping mechanisms so that I can go about my daily life without too many interruptions from my OCD. The reason why I wanted to do this post is because I think that the only way to help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and OCD is to talk openly about it and educate people on what it actually is and what it actually does. I know that some people can find mental health hard to swallow because it is always hard to understand something that you are not going through yourself, but that is why I want to talk about it.

So, for today’s blog post, I thought that I would share some of the ways that I deal with my OCD on an everyday basis, some of the things that help me out. You never know, just because you may not be OCD diagnosed like me, these things may help you out if you have a lot on your plate and you can get easily stressed from time to time.

I Had to Get Myself into A Routine
One of the biggest helps for me was getting myself into a routine. Because I work in marketing, no two days are the same with regards to the work that I do, so I had to get myself into a routine away from the workplace. I know that it is probably very boring to some people, but it is how I can stay on top of my mind and my emotions. I do roughly the same thing each and every day and it helps me to cope and at the end of the day when I work a 9 to 5 job, that is the kind of balance that I need.

Find Coping Strategies
For me, I know that things that work for me and what calms me down when I can feel that I am not fully in control anymore. For me, this is speaking to people, going for a run, cleaning my home and so much more. What works for me will probably not work for somebody else, but I don’t think that really matters. If you are ever stressed, you need to do what works for you and what you think will help you out in the long run. I work really hard on knowing the things that work well for me.

Talk Openly About How I Am Feeling
Every now and again when I feel like things are getting on top of me and like I am no longer in control of my OCD, I find that one of the best things that I can do is actually talk to the people around me. I know that it sounds really cheesy saying that a problem shared is a problem halved, but it is ever so true. By speaking to the people closest to me and actually letting them know that things are getting to me, I feel so refreshed and it makes me feel so much better. Even in some instances where it doesn’t make me feel better, they have an understanding on what is going through my mind at that moment.

Find What Triggers Snaps for Me
There are specific things that seem to trigger my OCD and send it skyrocketing. For me something that has been a huge help in going about my day to day life in a normal kind of way is learning the things that trigger my OCD and trying to avoid them at all costs. I know that some things cannot be avoided, and you are meant to tackle your issues head on, but it isn’t always that simple and that is what keeps me going when I am just trying to tick the normal things off my list.

Have A Minute
Sometimes, the best thing that I can do for me and my mind is just to sit back and have a minute. We have an amazing space in our house that has no distractions. It is a really homely decorated space with no TV or technology of any kind. Sometimes it is so lovely just to go there, sit on the sofa and just relax for a while. I might read a book or even have a nap, but I find that it just grounds me and helps me to start from scratch and regroup my thoughts, so I am raring to go again.

I hope that you guys liked this blog post. I know that the engagement normally falls through the floor on these posts because I do think that some people tend to glaze over them if I’m not talking about a new foundation or handbag, but to me this is something that I really want to talk about and I think that will help to remove the stigma behind it. Make sure to leave me a comment below and let me know how mental health affects your everyday life.
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  1. I think the triggers are certainly a good way of handling it!

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    1. It has helped me focus and cope much better!

      Danielle xx

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  2. My boyfriend also finds a hard time to cope up with his OCD :( It's saddening to see that sometimes he feels unsettled over the smallest little things.

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  3. Thanks for sharing the things that work for you! I'm sorry you have been struggling with this but it's great that you have found ways to help cope with it. mental health is so important and worth talking about, so we can share our struggles and not feel so alone!

    Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend :) Our summer heatwave is continuing, today will be a quiet day in the aircon I think!

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    1. Aww thank you for leaving a comment sweetie. I wish it was hot enough here in the UK for aircon, I have just had to scrape the ice from my car!

      Danielle xx

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  4. Hey. I know how it feels about the engagement dropping if the post is not about some outfit! Not many can be actually bothered to read posts nowadays, all about quick scroll, a couple of generic sentence and move onto next one. Sad really.

    I don't personally have an experience with OCD and I can only imagine how it can feel at times. It sounds like you have a great coping mechanism and love the ways you listed. I do believe in talking and sharing rather than keeping feelings to yourself. xx

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    1. Thank you for leaving a comment sweetie, OCD and mental health disorders are something that is very close to my heart!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Such an informative post !!

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      Danielle xx

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  6. I'm so so happy to see someone writing a post on this! I suffer with OCD also and I feel like it's a mental health issue that isn't as widely spoken about compared to other mental health illnesses. Finding coping mechanisms are essential but now my OCD has turned me into thinking if I'm even performing my coping mechanisms right- it's never ending! Great post!
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    1. Thank you for reading sweetie, it can be hard to talk about!

      Danielle xx

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