Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – A Poem

A poem detailing what it is like to be a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Check check check
wash wash wash
check check check and then,

Wash wash wash
check check check
wash wash wash again,

OCD some may know
as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
Forces people who suffer from it
to do things in a certain order,

Pressure builds up inside your head
and causes anxiety,
Alone with your thoughts its almost like
you’re an outcast from society,

Seeing things through until the end
is driven by a compulsion,
Dark black thoughts inside your head
that cause you some revulsion,

Rituals you have to complete
with seemingly no end,
Making people so crazy that
it can send them around the bend,

A small insight lies here within
to this poets OCD,
I need to end this torture
so can’t you please just let me be??

A poem about OCD by Ricky

If you think you may suffer from OCD then your first port of call should always be your family GP. They will be able to help and advise on the best method of treatment for your symptoms.

A few methods are as follows…

  • accessing treatment
  • cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • medication

Never suffer in silence. This debilitating disorder can be beaten, and at the very least it can be managed. Tackle it head on, you can win!

“You can’t control the thoughts, but you can control your reaction to them. React with indifference..”
Unknown

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What My Future Holds – A Simple Poem

What My Future Holds

Sitting alone worrying
About everything
About nothing
My mind a mess of jumbled thoughts
Not knowing what my future holds

Despairing, panicking
Everything overwhelming me
Something in nothing
In a never-ending cycle I’m caught
Terrified of what my future holds

Anxiously sitting silently
Head spinning whilst sitting quietly
The weight of anxiety crushing me
Feeling my life is all for nought
Crying at what my future holds

Fearful, frightened
Cannot concentrate on things
Heart beating faster now
The hardest battle I’ve ever fought
Scared of what my future holds

A poem by Ricky

When depression strikes it often feels as if the demons in the darkest reaches of your mind have surfaced simply to torture you. Self doubt creeps in and then the whole world feels bleak and that you have nowhere to turn. I’ll often find that even as a middle aged man the thoughts from this poem enter my thoughts at an all too alarming rate.

Although humans as a species like to be prepared and have a plan in place, some of the most interesting people I know still don’t have life’s journey planned out.

Worrying about the future, does it actually achieve anything?

Life is a journey and as with any journey there will be obstacles. There will be parts of the journey that you enjoy and parts that you don’t. The trick is to not worry about what is ahead of you, live life in the moment and take each day as it comes. Try not to fixate on something that is happening in the future as generally the thing that you are worrying about is never as bad as the worry makes you feel. Oh, and always be nice to people as you never know where they are in their journey.

“The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is, just be nice to everyone and always smile.”

Ed Sheeran

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Today Is The Day When You Push Forward

We all have a day like this from time to time…

It’s 6 am and the alarm starts to sound
Your first thought is “Damn” and your head starts to pound
Pick up your phone, turn off the bell
Your heart turns to stone, start feeling unwell
Realisation hits, another day facing hell

Waking up in the morning your mind filled with dread
Still tired and yawning as you get out of bed
Wanting to hide from the day up ahead
So anxious inside “Can’t I curl up instead?”
It’s a school day remember? The kids need to be fed

Your stomach feels queasy, your head’s in a spin
The struggle’s not easy, don’t know where to begin
The voice in your brain, adding stress, adding strain
It’s happening again, feels like you’re going insane

Every day is like this, it’s a recurring theme
Something amiss, like a nightmarish dream
Feeling alone, no-one there on your team
You let out a moan, no strength for a scream

No energy to hurry with this stress and this strain
The cause of this worry is anxiety again
Every minute the same with no respite in sight
Your will being drained, feel like giving up on the fight
Feeling weak, feeling pain, losing every ounce of your might

So what do you do? Do you go back to bed?
Or is today the day when you push forward instead?

Don’t Procrastinate – It’s Just Wasted Time

Procrastination – Stop Wasting Your Time

Procrastinate: to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring:

“I know I’ve got to deal with the problem at some point – I’m just procrastinating.”

Above is the definition of something that I have long been guilty of, procrastination, I’d always find an excuse to procrastinate and generally it wouldn’t matter what I was trying to put off until later, be it chores, shopping, gardening or even writing (which I greatly enjoy). All have been on my “I’ll do it later” list.

Creating my own Blog has been on my list. Up until now.

So what’s changed?

Simple…my mindset. Life waits for no-one.

I have long dreamed of having a blog, somewhere to write down the things on my mind, a place to let others read (and hopefully enjoy) my thoughts and poetry. But mostly a place where I can give out advice on overcoming the issues surrounding mental health and the steps that people can take to help motivate and push themselves to achieve anything they set their minds to.  I could leave it no longer, I am determined to turn this dream into a reality.

Each and every new follower of my blog is helping me to achieve this dream and to every one of you fantastic people I would just like to extend a truly heartfelt thank you.  Please do feel free to also leave comments.

So my message is don’t delay. Live your life for the moment, live for the day.

One life, live it.

Thought Provoking Quotes

Thought Provoking Quotes to provide inspiration and lift your day…

Though provoking Inspiration road sign
Thought provoking Inspiration is never far away.

Here is a selection of hand picked quotes that I hope you’ll enjoy.

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein, Physicist

If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.” Claire Cook, Author

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison, Inventor

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain, Author

You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big, and live big.” Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist and Philanthropist

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself. – Unknown

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Unknown

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim

Mankind has always had the will to succeed, just some people have more motivation than others. I sincerely hope that at least one of these quotes provokes you to take that first step on the journey to making your dream(s) a reality. All it takes is the will to succeed.

Never let anybody tell you that you cannot achieve something. Everything is possible with grit, determination and the right state of mind. The largest ideas start from the smallest of thoughts. If you can imagine it then it is possible.

Never give up and who knows, one day it could be you who is provoking inspiration in somebody.

If you have any favourite quotes of your own then why not drop them in the comments?