hey i just went through this last night! i woke up so abruptly and i was so exhausted and disoriented that my ocd had a field day. i felt like i had done everything bad. i don’t want to go so in depth as to reassure you, because we know that won’t help, but just remember that this isn’t you! this is your ocd! if you’re too afraid to fall back asleep at the moment, trying watching tv or a funny youtube video! sometimes distractions can allow you to fall back asleep peacefully. breathing exercises can also help! i use the app headspace to meditate sometimes when i’m feeling overwhelmed. your ocd will always tell you the opposite of what you want to hear, always remember that! much love 🤎
Thank you so much! I did some breathing exercises last night and listened to some music and I fell asleep fairly quickly after that! I had a slice of pie before I went to bed... that was not the best choice for my ocd but I’m much better now! 🤍
I’m so sorry you’re dealing with that right now. It sounds terrifying. The best way, I’ve found, to deal with OCD that’s affecting my body sensations, is to sort of “prepare for the worst”, and take care of what I can take care of. Take care of your body in the normal maintenance type ways. Get yourself a glass of ice water, eat whatever you can stomach right now, some crackers or something easy, and take any medications you may need for the day. As far as preparing for the worst, remind yourself the things you would do if you had a medical emergency. If you live with someone, they could help you. If not, you can let someone know you’re not feeling well and if necessary call them for help. Most places have emergency services that can reach you in minutes if you have a serious emergency. If the worst happened, you would be okay and you would be able to handle it. Being nervous can make you feel even more sick, so it might be hard for you to tell what your body is feeling right now. Take care of yourself and relax in a safe place with a good distraction. You probably aren’t seriously ill, but if you were, you would be able to handle it and you would be okay.
Thank you so much! The hardest thing I struggle with is dealing with uncertainty. I know how to prepare for the worst but the uncertainty of what could happen scares me the most. Even though everything my ocd tells me something, it never happens 🙄 but because it’s ocd I still end believing it. But I believe more when I’m half asleep or tired. So from now on I’m not eating anything before bed and I’m going to sleep for real when I’m tired and now falling asleep on the couch 🤣🤍