What would you be able to do if your OCD or anxiety improved? Is there something that you've wanted to do, but anxiety is holding you back? Are there any dreams or goals that you've abandoned?
Since starting (and recently completing) CBT therapy, my life has changed drastically for the better. I can use public bathrooms again. Believe it or not, this has really changed my life. When I go out to a restaurant with friends or family, I no longer worry about how much liquid I consume. I can leave the house for an entire day and enjoy my time with loved ones, without feeling the physical discomfort of not being able to use the restroom. I can go places and not worry about having to take another shower when I get home.
I've been able to go swimming in a pool. I'm really looking forward to doing lots of swimming this summer, especially because my gym is building a new outdoor pool. I've been able to bike ride again. I can even do silly things I used to be afraid of, like going on a roller coaster. I've pushed beyond my anxiety to socialize more and be more open about who I really am. I'm enjoying lots of time with great friends. I've been able to take on some new ministries at my church. Perhaps I would have taken on those ministries before anyway, but it sure would have been a lot more stressful and anxiety producing. I rarely re-drive by places anymore, and overall, driving has become a lot less stressful. Though I was previously always afraid to write anything online, I'm even writing a blog now (obviously!). I spend much less time trying to control everything around me, and instead, I try to enjoy everything (and every one) around me.
Essentially, life looks different. Life seems do-able now, where before it just seemed hard and impossible. I just had a great weekend. I biked (and didn't fall!), worked in the yard, hung out with family, attended church services, and went to dinner and a movie with friends. Basically, I did what I wanted to do, not what my anxiety wanted me to do (or not do). What would your life look like with less anxiety? Dream a little. You can use those dreams to motivate you to fight the anxiety.