A topic for positive thinking and positive ideas

24 June 2014 - 12:26

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I've started this topic so that people can post anything positive that they have thought, said or accomplished whilst tackling their OCD.

Even on days when things are bad we are still accomplishing things and it's these things that we need to focus on and not the negative thoughts that the OCD introduces.

I'll get the ball rolling . . . . .

My major challenge for last week was to wear a skirt,  prior to that I hadn't worn one for more than five years. I had stopped wearing skirts partly because of my contamination OCD but also because my legs are so swollen and blotchy. But I'm now able to say to myself "So what!" and I'm wearing a skirt again today.

The first day that I wore a skirt I kept reminding myself of all the positives of wearing a skirt and just let any negative thoughts drift through my mind without me judging them or reacting to them. It felt good to be out of jeans and into a skirt and blouse.

24 June 2014 - 20:37

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Well done truddles for wearing a skirt and helping us focus on our achievements.

Recently i had to stay away from home for a few days. Normally i find it had to pack 'dirty' items in my suitcase and throw things away rather than bring home. Instead i thought, what would someone without ocd do. So i managed to take home everything i should have and felt happy that my favorite socks had made it home!

25 June 2014 - 0:36

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That's great news at least you are kicking ocd butt (lol)

Won't be able to type much as my internet keeps crashing out.

25 June 2014 - 10:50

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Welldone to yourself Elf for that achievement that must of been hard at first but that's the way we must think about it what would someone without ocd do. I'm happy for yourself Truddles getting back into wearing skirts, in a way it probably would felt difficult but I bet you felt a lot better after you done that and as I would say one thing can lead to another, welldone to both of you.

I had a bit of issue when I was doing the volunteering last week which was I went into the public toilets and the floor in the public toilet seemed wet and I thought my trousers touched the floor in the cubicle and that did make me feel as if I was dirty but after a while it went away and I was wearing the same trousers for five or six days without washing them. Someone without ocd would of said to themselves my trousers never touched the floor at all and I knew this was true deep down and I let the thought go at that and it never caused too much stress. (I'm happy with that one).

I wonder if we could set goals for each other,

27 June 2014 - 21:41

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well done to all of you

my main fear is germs and disease so I dont go outside.Yesterday though i managed to get to the end of my street without running .I cant believe I actually did it.I didnt even walk that fast either.Its a huge step forward for me.

Ashie

28 June 2014 - 15:37

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I didn’t intend this topic to be for achievements as these should still be posted in the Achievements section of the website. Many of you have recently posted fantastic achievements on the forum so how about posting them in the Achievement section to help inspire and motivate others?

I mentioned in my first post an achievement but only so that I could post how I usually felt because of my OCD and how I changed my thoughts and attitude in order to achieve it.

With OCD we have a tendency to dwell on the negatives in our lives and this not only exacerbates our OCD but also leads to depression. It doesn’t matter how bad our OCD is there is always something positive that we can focus on.  So we need to focus on what we can do rather than what we can’t do.

So post anything positive that you have thought, said or done especially when dealing with your OCD.

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Today I woke in considerable pain after little or no sleep and I could have thought “Not another day struggling with all the extra physical work that my OCD creates.” But instead after washing, dressing and making a cup of tea, I sat and made a list of all the things that I had accomplished yesterday as yesterday I had felt even worse than I do today. The list was extensive and this motivated me to create a list for today and to then slowly work through the list taking regular breaks.

Before I started I did a full mindfulness meditation and then throughout the day kept taking a break to practise small mindfulness exercises. There were one or two things on the list that I found difficult to do but I slotted them in between tasks that I knew I could accomplish with ease. By ticking things off as I’ve gone along I’ve kept myself motivated to complete the list and so far so good.

30 June 2014 - 20:14

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Sorry, yes i see we rather miss understood. I think i may find that tricky, but i am going to try using your example as a guide.i will report back next week if i manage to identify how i change my thoughts.
Gramms, i think setting each other tasks sounds like a good idea , anyone fancy it? Also amazing to wear the same pair of trousers all week, in fact i think i may take that as my first challenge for next week.

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