I have OCD - and I am not afraid to talk about it and what helps me. I feel like talking about my OCD with people in platforms like The Fabric helps me help others as well as keep my own mental health status in check. To be honest, there is one area so many of us struggle with - and that's self care. A lot of times we feel like we don't deserve any type of self care, since OCD is so busy telling us everything that we are not and everything that we don't deserve. :( I see a lot of people post asking about what self care actually is, and how to practice it. I've realized that a lot of people undermine the importance of time blocking in your schedule to structure self care time. I've recently started to make self care my priority during my weekends. Even if I have a lot of work or events to attend, my self care HAS to come first. So I approach each weekend and see what I have scheduled and plug in what type of self care I want to practice and for how long on say, a Saturday morning. Last weekend my self care focus was on Sunday, since my week and weekend were just plain rough. So I went to a local crafts store and bought a book on how to learn fancy handwriting and caligraphy. I realized once I started really spending time on my new hobby, that I don't actually have hobbies. I never try new things to expand my black and white OCD brain. It hit me hard because as I was tracing letters and focusing so hard to train my muscle memory, there wasn't much room for OCD to interfere. I intentionally set one whole hour aside for my hobby and every time I saw an obsession coming, I stopped it, mentally. I didn't even acknowledge it. I just kept writing/drawing. THIS WAS MY SELF CARE TIME AND OCD WASN'T INVITED. Does anyone else make self care a priority, and if so, what is your favorite thing to do to take care of YOU? I want more ideas!!
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