A new article about OCD popped into my emails this morning and it was so compelling that I felt I had to share it with my readership here...
In recovery, don’t jump the gun (its a waste of time)
Underlying all of the most resilient and sustainable recoveries from any health condition is a relationship between the left and right brained parts of yourself (you could say, head and heart); and its based on a strong and steady trust having been renegotiated between them, inch by inch. All the months or years you have been getting better, this is what you have been doing it, whether you realise it or not. If you are getting better then its fair to say that the part of you that was initially so wounded that it retreated deep inside has been coaxed out into the daylight so don't scare it back into hiding by shocking it into action when it is feeling under par. Softly, tenderly, reasonably, flexibly works by far the best, in my experience. Think inner child or small furry pet when trying to coax out the part of you that has been unwell for so long; and time of day, month or season might well be a factor if these add to your challenge load. For instance, if evenings are the time of day when you still flip back into chronic fatigue, for heavens sake don't agree to go on a night-out as your first toe in the water of "normal life". This is where "no" is such a self-loving word; one you shouldn't ever feel bad about using (which is probably one of the key things this so-called state of illness will have tried to teach you).