Saturday, October 31, 2009

Doing It Right

In several previous posts, I think I've noted that "If you're not scared, you're not doing it right," with respect to exposures. Today I went down to the little community grocery store. It's very small in there, and it was crowded. I touched lots of things, and there was a lot of sneezing (okay, there was a little sneezing). I came home and really wanted to take a shower, which I'm fully aware is an extreme reaction.

So I'm just sitting around feeling contaminated, and waiting for the feeling to pass. Fun times!


  1. What have you found helps when you're waiting for the feeling to pass? Do you try to distract yourself? Or do you have a "script" that you read? Does any of that work for you?

  2. A combination of distraction, and just trying to do whatever I would normally be doing (which I suppose could also be considered distraction).
    At my most anxious, I sometimes just stare into space feeling anxious, but that's usually just for a very short period of time.

    Usually I can read, or surf the web, or cook, or go for a walk or run, and the anxiety comes in and out, while eventually fading away.