Last Thursday, I did my usual OCD lockdown routine when I left the office.
I checked that the windows were closed, the taps were off, the lights were off, and when I locked the door, I pushed it 30 times to make sure it was closed.
Jesus, that sounds crazy just writing that down.
As I walked down the street, I wrestled with OCD insistently asking me whether I truly locked.
I suddenly asked myself a question.
‘Do I trust myself?’
This literally stopped me where I stood.
Of course, my lockdown routine and insistent voice in my head would suggest that I didn’t trust myself.
But it’s almost impossible to say to yourself that you don’t trust yourself.
It’s like it’s incongruent with your sense of self.
I asked myself again: ‘Do I trust myself?’
Of course I trust myself!
Do I trust that I can competently lock a door? Yes!
Ask yourself again and out loud: ‘Do I trust myself?’
Then get on with your day. When the next episode comes up, ask yourself again: ‘Do I trust myself?’
Let me know in the comments below if this works for you.