Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Long Time, No Post

I've got a couple of posts in mind, but for some reason I've been slow about actually writing them up. So here's a cut and paste from a yahoo forum post:
Life is carrying on. I've continued to make some progress, mostly with little stuff. Letting my clean clothes touch the (fairly dirty) floor and putting them away anyway. Mingling my clean and already worn clothes in the closet, which I haven't done for literally years.

I shopped at a thrift store this week, and attended my mom's big rummage sale, although I didn't summon the courage to help with cleanup like I usually do.Ordered a few things online, even though it scared me.

So, all good. I didn't ride the bus to work, but I did hop on a bus for a brief trip down the street when it rained on me this week [and I'm planning to ride to work tomorrow].

I'm working a bit on cognitive restructuring stuff. Despite my successes, I still wander through life with an undercurrent of dread, almost always related to changes in my routine. So I'm trying to retrain my brain that changes in routine can be exciting! fun! opportunities for awesomeness to come into my life! We'll see how that goes!


  1. Good for you! I have a friend that does one scary thing a day....I've yet to jump on that wagon but I keep trying to anyway.

    My OCD is mild, according the dr, all I have are the never ending thoughts and odd panic attacks (no routines or habits). Some days I'd like to smack him, mild my ass ;). There are things I can do, and things I can't (like take my kids somewhere by myself) but I keep trudging along. It's funny how people without the loveliness of OCD have no clue how difficult taking little steps are.

  2. Good job! I still don't let my clothes mingle in the closet. :) Good luck with retraining your brain to anticipate changes as good. Keep us posted.

  3. You have such a great outlook on everything! I am just beginning to really realize how misguided my OCD thoughts and compulsions are, and it's reeaaally tough to remind myself that, like you said, uncertainty can be exciting! I know it's true, but it's hard to understand it through the thick curtain of OCD.
    I think it's great that you are challenging yourself - I really hope I can get there, soon!
    Thanks for sharing, it's so reassuring and inspirational to read about others who are beating their OCD!

  4. Good work on retraining that brain! It's key to start thinking about life differently!

  5. Thanks for the nice comments everyone. The most unexpected part of improving my OCD situation is the realization that I just may be a "glass half full" type. I wouldn't have guessed!