Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Maybe TV IS Bad For Your Health (Mental Health!)

Yesterday, I was (gasp!) doing some housework and I turned on the television for a bit of background noise. A commercial came on that talked about how the flu spreads from one person, to the next person, to the next person, until finally, someone's aunt gets it and ends up in the hospital. Essentially, the public service announcement was telling us that unless we get the flu shot, it is our fault that dear old auntie is in the hospital, possibly dying from the flu. Given my issues with hyper-responsibility, well, this ad made me cringe.

About two minutes after this commercial, a sitcom came on. The whole episode was about how the main characters' house was infested with bed bugs because a family member got them while on vacation in Florida. Great. I'm going to be visiting some family members in Florida in a few weeks.

I wanted to throw the TV out the window. I've decided that television (and probably housework too) is bad for my health.

20 comments:

  1. Yes sometimes with OCD our mind can wonder and ponder on that subject for no reason. It sucks! Jesus told me it's just my mind being bored and trying to find something for me to obsess with constantly, unfortunately. Blessings!

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    1. Hey Ashley. Yep, it's true for me too - sometimes when I'm bored it does give my mind more opportunities to think up crazy stuff. Blessings to you too!

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  2. Oh I have an issue with that sort of thing (the commericial)! Fearmongering. Creating an OC America...Ugh. And I realize that some people brush that sort of thing off and don't even take simple precautions but still.

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    1. Sorry it bugs you too, Kristina. I'm sure a lot of people hear those ads and don't even think about them, but for me, well it can stick in my mind for years. Yes, I said years! There are things I heard years and years ago and they still drive some compulsions today.

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  3. I agree with Kristina - I hate the fearmongering that goes on!!!! Don't they realize what they're doing to us poor OCD'ers????? But there ARE people who go all day, even with multiple bathroom trips, without washing their hands. Blech. Wish the commercials could target only them! :) I like your idea, though, Sunny, that housework is bad for you. I think women everywhere should climb on that bandwagon! ;)

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    1. I think the word fearmongering is actually a pretty good description. But, oh it's so true, I can't even tell you how many times I'm in a public restroom and someone walks out without washing their hands. Really??!!?? Ugh.

      He he he, yes Shana, I could start the anti-housework bandwagon no problem. Just ask my husband!!

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  4. Yes, just about the time I get myself together and decided I am not responsible for the health of the world, I am notified by the media that maybe I am responsible. But I think these messages are way more geared to the population that has to be reminded of the simple things in life such as to wash their hands after using the restroom and the like because people do send their kids to school with a fever and crazy stuff. I do relate, tv shows and magazines can throw me for a loop.

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    1. Hi Kris - welcome! Oh, I know - it's true, the media and the CDC and every other public health organization does make me feel like everyone's life hangs in the balance because of something I do or don't do. Sigh. I know you are right - there are plenty of people that don't even think about how their actions affect others - like you said, I've seen plenty of people send their kids to school when they were waaaaay too sick to go. Oh, and magazines (especially ladies' type magazines) always seem to have some article about, "Protect yourself from the germiest places" or "How to keep your family from getting the latest plague" or some such other nonsense. I don't know - maybe I'm supposed to go ahead and read those articles as an ERP, but generally I just avoid them.

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  5. Recently, I heard on the radio something about hit-and-run car accidents are a "federal offense." Which I'm sure is a good thing, and good for people to know. But if you have OCD hit-and-run fears, it just rubs it in your face. I think the problem there is my OCD, though, not the radio. Some of the germ stuff really does lend itself well to OCD.

    But I find that church membership forms are OCD feeders (for me). They say things like "giving faithfully" to the church. Not even a definition of what that faithfully is; no 10% written out. But I look at it and think, I can't join this church right now; I'm not giving faithfully enough. I think my OCD really effects how I process information in certain key areas. I consider recognizing it as a first step in overcoming it... (meanwhile, I don't fill out the church membership form...:)

    I'm sure we could make a case for the health risks of cleaning your house. :) Unfortunately, I'm afraid it is just as bad (or worse) for my mental health for me to let the place just get worse and worse... (that doesn't stop me from procrastinating, though) :D

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    1. Good point, Abigail, the problem is not my TV but my OCD! I didn't know that about the hit-and-run federal offense thing. You're right - I do think it's a good idea, but oh boy that is exactly the kind of thing I would hear and it would taunt me for years.

      I know what you are saying about having a hard time filling out forms. In the past, I've had trouble with that, because I was trying to be perfectly honest about everything, but sometimes the OCD tricks you into thinking that unless you give specific detail about every little thing then you are not being perfectly honest. Oh, it could take me hours to fill stuff out sometimes. I'm glad you recognize it for what it is. It's still hard though, isn't it?

      Ha ha yes, I'm all for making a case about the hazards of house work!

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  6. I agree that a lot of fearmongering goes on. I guess I have a little different view because of my background--I worked as a public health educator for almost 8 years, so I was one of those people handling out posters on hand washing and covering your coughs! :-) I think the campaigns are really geared towards people who really don't know that you're supposed to wash your hands and the reasons why basic hygiene is important. Some of the campaigns go too far, I agree, and TV shows can really blow things out of proportion. Some of them bother my OCD big time. I don't think I could watch a show about bed bugs either. And I don't like to watch things about germs and where they lie in wait for us.

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    1. I know those public ad campaigns are necessary for people who don't know better. But, oh it messes with my head so, so much, Tina!! Like when I see sanitizing "stations", I feel like that is society telling me to use them. I figure if society says I need to use it, then it must be necessary. Of course, I realize now that a lot of that is just the OCD. I wash my hands thoroughly and regularly so there really is no need for sanitizer. But, oh the thoughts still come sometimes.

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  7. I purposely don't watch much of television any more. Especially the News. So that I do not become a complete hermit, I tailor the headlines and watch from a more even based tv station.

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    1. Oh, yes, I do the same thing, JBR. I look at the headlines and decide what I should or should not read. I have to, to protect my mind for sure!

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  8. I've often wondered how much all this media attention to the flu, etc, affects those with OCD. Now I have an idea! It affects me also,even without OCD, and I find myself more conscious of "all the germs." And I won't watch shows on bedbugs either! It just plants too many ideas and pictures in my head.

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    1. Well, now that's very interesting, Janet. I never realized that those kinds of stories could bother people without OCD as well. Once again, it's great to hear your perspective because it reminds me that I don't have the corner market on anxiety.

      When the world was going crazy about H1N1 a couple of years ago, and SARS several years before that, those were really, really difficult times for me. I was paranoid that every little sore throat or headache or cough I had meant that I had those illnesses and that I was going to pass it around. It's a constant struggle to filter that stuff out of my head. I'll be glad when flu season is over!

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  9. Yes, television commercials and the "news" are bad for my health. Seriously. I mute all commmercials and I get my news online.

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    1. I hear you, Elizabeth. So much of what is on is just so depressing anyway.

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  10. Sure was not a good day to watch tv :-). Tv can make you feel bad about anything I think they lay it on so thick about issues and you end up feeling responsible for things that are not your fault or you could not possibly do anything about. As in this case the flu and bed bugs-yuk to both. We get the flu jab here in Uk but I don't get it because the jab actually makes my M.E worse.

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    1. Oh wow, I didn't realize it could make your M.E. worse. That really stinks.

      Do they have all those public service type commercials in the U.K. as well? I wonder if they are as scary as the ones we have here in the U.S.

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