Thanksgiving – OCD and Holiday Survival/Enjoyment

I am a bit teary-eyed, but better at nipping my emotional tailspins in the bud and just as I was starting to get anxious about what could be the source of my “I’m lost” feeling, I remembered that Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Sometimes, we get depressed, anxious or our OCD acts up and we don’t know why.  It’s ok, not to know why.  Sometimes it is as simple as we are 

  • hungry
  • tired
  • lonely
  • sick

(I’ll come back to these) and sometimes, it’s something that subconsciously bothers us like the holidays.  There’s a lot to be excited for like family, tradition and food, but it can also be the cause of some undo stress.  I’m a little uneasy because although I’m super excited to cook with my family on the day, I also get a little unsettled when my routine is moved around.  Not too mention I’m sick with a cold right now.  So, rather than over analyze my emotions at this moment, I am going to accept that most likely the cause of my discomfort is that I am sick and that my routine is a little off.  

Now, back to that list.  Isn’t it amazing how we can be extremely upset and crying at night and feel so much better in the morning?  Truly, sometimes sleep, talking to a friend, or eating can alleviate some anxiety.  Keep that in mind and take the holidays in stride.  Enjoy this Thanksgiving as much as you can, and try to let go of the rest 🙂 Also, check out my video on getting through the holidays unscathed!