Usually when we’re facing our fears, it’s important to breathe deeply and work to calm ourselves down while we’re doing it.
With OCD, it’s a bit different.
Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) is key. The goal is to run toward your fears and sit in the discomfort. Sound awful?
It’s no worse than what you’re experiencing with OCD.
And, it’s a means to an end. The more times you’re willing to do it, the less discomfort you’ll have each time. Bonus: The time the discomfort lasts will decrease, too.
#DoThisThing to learn about your triggers and fears—and analyze the shit out of your own OCD. Understanding what the hell’s going on offers some relief in and of itself.
Art by Rora Blue.