morning routine doing my head:(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 July 2014 - 15:02

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Hi guys,its taking me 3 hours when i get out ov bed to iron my clothes toilet and shower !!! Ocd i know but im just struggling abit with it at the mo and feel i could do with a bit ov advise support or somthing ,there must b alot ov other peeps who have this or who have got on top ov it .thanks Dave.

9 July 2014 - 21:12

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Hi dav, mornings aren't my best time either! Tomorrow morning I have to get up with the alarm. I dress reasonably quickly, A nice cup of tea helps to get me awake, a very quick wash and brush teeth, then I'm ready. I try to think positively all the way through it, try very hard to stay focussed on what I'm doing, try not to let anything distract me from my quest to get to the kitchen for a cup of tea. I'm not sure how long it takes, but it is a bit quicker than it used to be! I've been practising! I'm using CBT stuff, which helps a heck of a lot.

 I have to shut down now, as I'm on a shared computer. More tomorrow!


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Hi Dave,

It used to take me a long time to wash my hands because I kept rubbing soap on the same areas of skin over and over again - they never felt clean regardless of how long or how hard I rubbed them. So I decided I would enforce strict limits on how many times I allowed myself to rub each area of skin and then I must stop doing that area and start rubbing a different area. I can't remember what my limit was but suppose it was 10. After lathering my hands I allowed myself to rub the tips of my fingers 10 times and then I started rubbing my knuckles 10 times instead even if I still felt my fingertips weren't clean. After rubbing my knuckles 10 times I moved on to rub my palms, and so on. After rubbing each part of my hands 10 times in turn, I then rinsed the soap off and turned off the tap. Voila! Even though my hands still felt dirty, I knew as a cold hard fact they were clean. I had to count from 1 to 10 several times while washing my hands, and each time I reached 10 it acted as a cue to me to move on to the next area. After a while I was able to count to 10 and move on without concentrating much on what I was doing. And nowadays I don't need to count at all. I just rub every part of my hands briefly in turn without feeling they are still dirty.

Something else that might help you, most people with OCD find their anxiety is especially bad in the early hours of the morning and when they first get up. Apparently it's due to the fact that we all get low levels of endorphins in our brains when we are physcially inactive. Endorphins lift our mood and help us to keep a rational perspective on life. So after you get out of bed and before you go into the bathroom, perhaps you could try doing a burst of physical activity to get some more endorphins into your brain. You could run up and down stairs a few times (mind you don't trip over the cat) or lie on your back and move your legs around as if you were riding a bicycle.

Are you on a waiting list to see a therapist? Have you got any self-help books on OCD?

10 July 2014 - 14:10

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Hi Goofy,

Excellent tips regarding the low endorphins, I've found that a burst of activity first things certainly helps me to cope with the OCD in the mornings especially as I'm not a lark but an owl (a very tired owl) .

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