A lesson that I have been learning for the past few weeks, is to not doubt myself. I'll give you an example. I wiped down the toilet and shortly after, Albert gets in my head that I didn't sanitize it well enough. I have been challenging myself to fight the urge to go back and wipe it down again. However, there have been times where I do go back into the bathroom and wipe it down again. 99% of the time, it has only raised my anxiety even more. Water will splash on me and I will say "I knew I should have just trusted myself and not doubt what my conscious is saying" A lot of the time, that little feeling you have in the back Of your head that tells you that something is OK and you don't need to worry about it, is usually right. so, don't doubt yourself. Stick to the facts and what you know.
Don't doubt others around you either. I sometimes have problems with this. If my anxiety is particularly bad, I will phone several people for reassurance of what I'm worried about. It is something that I have been trying to learn to control and start trusting one person and leaving it at that. A lot of the time, I phone my dad and he will assure me and help me talk out the problem and that works. However, in the past I have struggled with calling 3 or 4 people asking the same question. All along, I have that little feeling in my head that what my dad says is right and that I should trust the facts that he has provided me with. I should trust reason.
So, listen to that little feeling. It's called reason. Also, challenge yourself to trust those around you and that asking one person is enough.
My sister posted a quote for me:
"There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than your Own thoughts."
This is very true. Don't let your Albert make you do things over and over. There's also the quote that "the definition of insanity is doing something over and over and expecting different results"
Don’t doubt yourself. Don't doubt your support network. Don’t burn out your friends and family by asking the same thing over and over. If you get the anxiety in your head that you should do something you’ve already done once, listen to what your head says about it. We have reason in our head for a purpose. Usually if you keep repeating something, it will just bring up new anxieties and problems in your head. Then you start obsessing about things, your mind goes wandering and you start worrying irrationally about things that aren’t even a problem in the first place. Trust yourself and trust your support network.