How to Stop Avoiding: The 24 Hour Challenge!

Please check out Morgan’s great article on how to avoid avoidance!

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avoidance2Anxiety is tricky. It likes to lie to us, play games with our heads, and most of all find ways to stick around.

So for example, when it’s time to answer a stressful school related email, and oh my gosh thinking about it makes me feel stressed, and now my thoughts are racing, is it getting warm in here, and ah I don’t want to look at it, because this is making me feel anxious, so really what I should do is just… “click.”

Close the page.

Don’t look at it.

Don’t think about it.

Don’t do it.

Ah, now don’t I feel better?

Avoiding: one of anxiety and OCD’s most well-mastered tricks. Sure we feel better for a few seconds, maybe even a few minutes if we are lucky, but all too soon the anxiety comes back stronger and we still haven’t done or addressed what is stressing us out. So what do…

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5 ways to increase hope and motivation (OCD Awareness Week 2015)

Morgan from My OCD Voice shares this amazing post on how to increase hope and motivation when dealing with OCD and anxiety! She offers some great advice on exposure therapy. Please visit her wonderful blog!

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5 ways to increase hope and motivation:

Anyone who has done exposures knows that they are HARD WORK. You are purposely triggering yourself and sitting with some intense anxiety, and without using any rituals to try to lower your anxiety. Tough stuff. Because ERP involves making yourself uncomfortable it requires a good deal of motivation. We talk about treatment motivation a lot in the residential program and I wanted to share some things I have learned. Here are five ways to increasehope and motivation.

1. Make a list of your successes.

Take a piece of paper and start listing all of the exposures you have accomplished. Also write down all of the things that used to be hard and are easier now. Then, any time you are feeling unmotivated you can look at this list and be reminded of how much you have done and how much the hard work…

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