Saturday, 6 July 2019

How I Deal With My OCD




You guys may already know that I have OCD. I have spoken openly and honestly about my struggles with OCD a couple of times here on my blog because I think that it is something that should be spoken about without any negative connotations. I was first diagnosed with OCD nearly 10 years back when I was just 15-year-old. I had absolutely no idea what was going on inside my head and honestly, I was so relieved when I was told that there was a name for what I was going through. Back then, I guess I was very naive to the world of mental health and I thought that people would be supportive, but that wasn’t what happened for me.

Obviously, I was still in comprehensive school when I was diagnosed, and I was even ridiculed by my teachers. I think back then; mental health was in no way as openly discussed as it is in this day and age. People back then used to think that I was just a little bit crazy or completely irrational. I feel really lucky that there is such a movement on mental health at the moment because it is something that is so important to talk about so that we can break down the walls and have some common ground with one another. I know that generally these posts get much less views and interactions, but it is something that I want to continue talking about and I thought that I would share with you guys some of the ways that I deal with my OCD on an everyday kind of basis…

Identify My Triggers
There are certain things that send me into a downwards spiral. I know that may sound odd to some of you, but part of my OCD is not being able to process things in a sensible and rational kind of way. For me, this may be being around certain people, going to certain places and putting myself in certain situations. For me, once I had identified my triggers, I could work on ways to avoid them so that I can be the healthiest version of myself.

Talk to My Loved Ones About How I Am Feeling
The people closest to me really do understand the things that I go through on a daily basis and even though they may not understand what it feels like to be me in that position, they try their damn best to be there for me when I need it. It may sound cheesy, but it is true, a problem shared is a problem halved, so whenever I feel like I am starting to get into a vulnerable position, I make sure to have a sit down and a talk to either my lovely mum or Liam.

Give in To My Urges
In having OCD, I have compulsions to do certain things. This may be cleaning, going to a specific place or going to doing something. It really does vary in what I feel like I need to do. Normally I try to control the way I feel and stay on top of my urges, but if I feel like I am in a place where I can no longer control the way that I think, I give into the things that I want to do. It doesn’t hurt to let my OCD win every now and again.

See My Councillor
I have been seeing a councillor now for many years. I got to a place when I first started work where I just didn’t know how to manage my life on an everyday basis without getting into a panic. Nowadays, I am at a place where I don’t have to see them regularly, but I know that should I ever need to, I can go there and talk openly and honestly to somebody that knows how to deal with something like this in a professional capacity.

Take Time to Myself
The last thing that I want to mention in this blog post is taking some time to myself. I am a people pleaser through and through and I tend to focus on others needs more than my own, I think it is my own kind of coping mechanism. Sometimes, I need to take a moment out and focus on myself and how I am feeling. We have converted our attack into a really cosy space that has no TV or distractions and I can shut myself in there for days at a time just to calm myself down.

Whenever I do these posts, I always try and keep them light-hearted. I know that I can end up rambling on, but that is just because it something that I really care about and I want to talk about it honestly. Mental health at some point will affect all of us, whether it be in a direct or indirect kind of way. I just hope that you all know that there is always somebody that you can talk to and you are never alone in the way that you are feeling.
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5 comments

  1. People should read more about mental disorders and things going on inside our minds.
    Talking to family and friends is very important.

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  2. It's great that you are feeling like you are managing it well and you have some coping techniques - I know mental illness can be very difficult to live with but it's good to read from people who are open and honest at how you can work on it and improve things! :)

    Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend :) It's been a quiet one for us.


    Away From Blue

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  3. I suffer with OCD as well and in particular OCD linked to health anxiety! It's such a hard disorder to live with and can feel very much like you're out of control. These are such great tips though. I will definitely be taking them on board xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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  4. Omg so much great info!! Thanks for sharing

    Jadieegosh

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