Quote from Seamstress on January 1, 2021, 1:45 pm
Let me think. First of all, I hate when I am triggered but I guess we can look at it as an opportunity for ERP. The trigger and anxiety is the exposure. Now the hard part - response prevention. First of all I guess I recognize that it is a trigger with all of the emotions and thoughts etc. that go along with it - fear, rumination of what if? etc. Then I try not to dwell on the issue because if I do it gets worse and I start looking things up on the computer, asking for reassurance and down the rabbit hole I go. I am no expert for sure - still in recovery process - I don't always follow my own advice. Sometimes it helps if I phone someone or do a different activity etc. - anxiety usually starts to decrease. I also find it is better if I don't re-visit the thought to see if it is still there as I may start to ruminate once again. Lately I have been trying to make myself feel empowered and remind myself that I am in control, not OCD. Hope that helps a little. I am still learning.