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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Monday, August 5, 2013

ERP: Mixing It Up

Ode To My Flip-Flops

12 comments:

  1. Great video, you have made some really valid points. I like the fact that you are so honest and in touch with your feelings and fears. Even though OCD is not something that I struggle with, I come here because I like your blog and appreciate what you have to offer. It helps me to understand it. So thank you so much for sharing. You speak very well.

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    1. Aw, thanks Linda! You are so very sweet! I always appreciate it when someone whose life hasn't been touched by OCD still takes the time to stop and learn. You are what I call a "stigma buster!" You're educated and compassionate about the subject. What a true friend you are to me and to the OCD community. Thank you so much!

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  2. Great job, Sunny! You gave such good examples to help in understanding ERPs. Your talk reminded me that I need to take a more focused approach to my ERPs. My OCD has been better lately--I've had more trouble with the other bears, depression and anxiety. But OCD is still there, and I'm committed to getting better.

    So glad Anna made another appearance! She is so cuddly and beautiful. I think she wanted to stay in your arms during your talk. :-)

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    1. Ha well Anna ALMOST made it through without a growl on camera! Ha ha she's making a bad reputation for herself. Most of the time she's very sweet and cuddly. He he

      Ugh, sorry about the anxiety and depression. All three (including OCD) seem to run as a pack, don't they? It's hard, because just when one seems under control, sometimes one of the other ones rear their ugly heads. I'm so sorry. I hope it lifts for you soon. Hugs.

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  3. Great video sunny you have done great work to describing ERP through video. I appreciate your work and thank so much you speak really well.

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    1. Welcome, Nadeem! I'm so glad you found the video helpful. I'm finding that sometimes it's easier to describe stuff in video rather than in written form.

      Thank you for your kind words. Please visit again!

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  4. Excellent excellent points!

    It's key to not just limit the ERPs because then we get into yet another comfort zone that is hard to get out of. Our first "comfort zone" being avoidance and then the new comfort zone being something like "the same restroom in one certain building."

    Again, great vid!

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    1. Oh, I really like how you describe that Elizabeth! Different levels of comfort zones. Yes, we need to keep going from one level to the next. But boy is it hard!

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  5. Great video, Sunny! Sharing your personal examples of what you're talking about is really helpful. I love "Mixing it up with ERP." Sounds like a rap song...:)

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    1. Ha ha ha, yes that could be the OCD rap song!! You definitely gave me a giggle, Janet!

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  6. This reminds me of the "looping" of ERP's that you wrote me about once..which is the first time I had ever heard about looping. My doctor years ago told me that despite the anxiety I will feel, to "do the exact opposite of what OCD is telling you to do." I have to think of that many times when I am in the midst of doing an ERP, because in my head I am already trying to "make allowances" so I can get out of feeling everything is contaminated etc. Very important to feel the anxiety. Krystallynn

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    1. Hey Krystal Lynn! YES, YES you make an EXCELLENT point, and it was a point that one of the doctors made at the conference! In order to make the most out of ERP, we should not be trying to convince ourselves during the ERP of why it is ok, or that maybe it's not as contaminated as we think, or anything to make "an allowance" to make the anxiety less. Doing that will maybe not undo the ERP, but it will prevent us from getting the full effect of ERP.

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