Just Smile

Just Smile

Ok so I really want to stress about living in the moment. I know I've talked about it on here a few times, but I wanted to share my story Of success with you. This blog is a success report on how well I have been doing this week and the progress I have made.

Mondays are usually pretty stressful for me, because I have to do laundry. As you can imagine, handling dirty laundry can be kinda gross to a germophobe. However, last Monday I woke up and something was different. I went to the
laundry room and right away, Albert reared his ugly head. It was something about touching the door handle with my shirt and then the worry that later my clean shirts would touch the shirt I was wearing and in some magical way, bacteria would transfer and make me sick. It sounds like a ridiculous thing to worry about, but that's the sort of thing that plagues my mind. Anyway, at that moment, 1 quietly said to myself "live in the moment". As I focused on that, I began to see my anxiety float away. Throughout the morning, as each new anxiety popped up, I said "live in the moment, don't worry about what MIGHT happen, focus on right NOW" and poof the anxiety was gone. Elated, I went to my Recovery Support Training class later that day, excited to tell my friends how well I was doing and the breakthrough I had made. It was such a great day, I was worry free and having a great time.

As this last week has gone by, I have been drilling it into my head. Live in the moment. Live in the moment. Live in the moment. And it is working! If I worry that the toilet seat isn’t clean, I reject that anxiety by saying "I'm living in the moment, that is something in the future so I don't have to worry about it right now". My life has been so much more enjoyable!

So, live in the moment and just smile. We are blessed to wake up each morning and we shouldn't waste our time on this earth by worrying.

By the way, I'm gonna tear next Monday apart! I am not worrying about it, but I am making a statement to myself that Monday is not going to get the best Of me. Why? because I am living in the moment.

I am so blessed. Life is good.

Ashleigh

Blog Self Talk

Self Talk

Today, I wanted to write about the power of self-talk. Some of you might find it funny or weird to talk to yourself, but it actually works. I talked about this coping mechanism a bit in the “anxiety" section of this site, but I thought I would elaborate a bit more.

I find a lot of times when I’m struggling with an anxiety issue, before I call anyone for instant reassurance, I just say out loud what I am worried about. An example: “my phone fell on the floor and now I’m worried that there are germs on it” when this thought is racing in your head, it may seem like the end of the world and that you need to run for the sanitizer. However, if you say your worry out loud, a lot of times it will help you realize that you are thinking a rationally and it’s not a big issue at all.

When I first started experiencing signs of anxiety and OCD several years ago, I remember one time I was home alone and the fly landed on my head. Yeah, a fly. Right away my thoughts started racing, where had that fly beam before it landed on my head? Should I wash my hair? Before I acted on these questions, I phoned my dad. It was a pretty funny conversation. “Dad, a fly landed on my head”, “a fly?”, “Ya, am I going to get sick? Should I wash my hair?” Right when I asked that, my dad and I both laughed because I realized it was such a simple thing that was not an issue at all.

I find that talking my anxieties out loud really helps me conquer them. Doing it too many times though may cause you to obsess over it, but try it once. If I state my anxiety out loud and then also stated out loud the facts, then that will shut down the anxiety. It helps eliminate the racing thoughts of panic. Let’s try it with the “dropping the phone” example: “I am worried that there are germs on the floor and now they’re on the phone. I am going to touch the phone and the germs are going to make me sick.” Now, start rationalizing those thoughts out loud”.” Dirt does not equal and germs. You have an immune system for a reason. There is nothing harmful on the floor. Your phone is dry.” And eventually it will sink into your head that their concern is not an issue at all.

It’s all about reasoning with yourself. So, instead of running to someone, for them to conquer your anxious thoughts for you, challenge yourself! Self-talk works.