A coach tour around 3 countries in Europe – Italy Switzerland and France. My OCD gave me hell but I managed it, I won’t be doing it again but it was worth it for a few reasons.
- The organisational skills – getting up straight away when I hear that alarm. We were up at 7 every day, this is not something my body let alone my OCD is used to. I found that it was beneficial after the first couple days, the tiredness subsided and I was able to say FU OCD. It taught me that I have to schedule in ME TIMES, in order to relax and shower. Ready for the following morning.
- Social anxiety is off the chart – constant checking of conversations and the way people behave towards me. More paranoia than social anxiety, conversations about me ETC, perhaps that is why I’m psychotic. This element was exhausting.
- There is peace in some of the things I saw. Mainly the amazing scenes of Switzerland and museum du Louvre in Paris.
- I’m a nice guy. I was always nice towards people and even though I probably appeared odd, as we do, caught up in rumination, I still realize that I am calm on the outside.
- Honesty – I was honest about my illness to a few people that I met. I could tell straight away that they knew I was being genuine.
- I want to do more travelling. Even if its on my own I want to go back to Switzerland but also head west. If I stay in hostels I can choose to speak to people. Even though I did the coach tour, it was not suitable for people with mental illness. Some points mainly due to my first point ‘organisation’ it caused so much unbearable anxiety.
- That brings me to anxiety. The wrath of unreason. The chains on the brain. I simply meditated as a necessity. If I didn’t know how to meditate, I would have certainly failed and cut my trip short. The trip forced me to meditate so I am now In a good position to keep up my practice.
So, although I realise I should not have done a coach tour, I acknowledge that it has pushed me closer to where I need to be headed- learning to take that time to relax for one even if it takes forever, and work on the things I mentioned. I will re edit this as it is very brief right now, just needed to get it started down on paper.
My own success is where I’ll find peace. Not in the bullshit of others. I will always understand my illness. And keep fighting…
Straight away i get rid of a few posts, they were not very productive. But this process, nice one.
I had my ear syringed today. It seems to have only worked on one side, lol.
But hey, as long as i can hear at least a little. My OCD is not allowed a say in the matter.
My thoughts aren’t causing me much anxiety any more, but i am finding, as the recent posts suggested, I am finding motivation difficult and am inflicted, with depression. The black dog I pretend isn’t there, but it is the reason I haven’t been getting up early to go to the gym. Also the reason is rushing doubts, i stay in bed until they feel OK. That’s OCD. Its’ very clear that my compulsion used to be mental. Its remains are cruel.
The psychosis doesn’t feel so bad anymore, or at least i can overpower it with a bit of work. The meds do help me here. So i am mainly left with these ‘remains’.
Gambling – a have not engaged the strategies for a very long time now, and have already rewarded myself with a trip around Europe in a months time. (great to work towards, and I am in therapy).
Reading and writing help. And may I always remember this. Am reading a few books at the moment, ‘A Briefer History of Time’ is still pretty deep to understand compared with the first edition, but if i am well it is a lot easier. Then, this means reading is a good measure of whether i am in a good state of mind. Just took out ‘Happy’ by Derren Brown, as I plan to bone up on philosophy. Just read ‘Smoking Is Cool’ by Andrew Moody. An addictive and compelling read, again I recognise that when i am not so well, its harder to absorb and understand.
I am 31 now, I plan to work out a lot to reverse the physical ageing process. I should have a perfect body at this age, the one i have is a bit old and lazy. I have a good routine at the gym and partake in Tai Chi. All i have to do is increase the frequency of this. A lot.
So, increasing meditation alongside reading, writing, exercise, and just keeping track of all of it. They should flow with experience, I needn’t write all this when i see results. I will see and feel results within a month.
mindfulness… yessss remember. I remember. Will read my previous post and then skim through my books before embarking upon a diligent meditation routine.