Mantra anyone?

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 9/24/2006 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw my therapist on Friday, and she told me I need to have a "mantra" to help me with my overwhelming OCD problems. She wants me to tell myself something along the lines of:
 
"I did the best I can"
 
"I am good enough"
 
That sort of thing. Does anyone have a mantra that they tell themselves to overcome OCD problems, and feelings of inadequacy? If so, does it help? I am trying to tell myself these things, but so far, I still am feeling anxious regarding my performance at work. Any replies would be much appreciated.
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/24/2006 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I have done this in the past and it worked I just havent been doing it lateky BUT am planning on going back to it .....It is a picker upper and did help me with some OCD issues and self confidence issues as well ......Just give it a try it cannot hurt you .......
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/24/2006 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
One for you might be "I am good, no great at my job: I know I can get thru today stuff along those lines perhaps .....
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jethro
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   Posted 9/25/2006 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
This is something everyone should do and is done in some form by most successful people.  IMO How effective it is depends on how specific you are.
Basic rules:
1. Be personal...always use 'I' statements
2. Always use present tense...I am...not I will be or I did
3. Be positive...never use the word 'not'...I will not be.. etc.
Using 'not' brings to mind the thing you don't want.
 
'I am healthy' or 'I am calm' is much better than 'I will not be ill' or 'I am not nervous'
Try saying them and feel the difference.
 
Repeat regularly, especially before sleeping and on waking.
 
The more specific you are to your own circumstances, the better the result.
 
Muhammad Ali conditioned himself to amazing effect by this method simply by repeatedly chanting the same four words.  


The mind is like a parachute - It works better when it's open.

Post Edited (jethro) : 9/25/2006 7:31:50 AM (GMT-6)


Shortstop
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   Posted 9/25/2006 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I have had this a couple of times...The first time about 13 years ago when I went to fly for the first time...I had to seeking counseling months before just to get my mind prepared for the flight...
 
I was told to picture my favorite color in my mind which happens to be "blue." 
Then I was told to say to myself how that color makes me feel, "peaceful."  So I was to say "peaceful blue" while picturing the color blue at the same time while on the flight, on the way to the airport...
 
More recently my counselor has required me to tell myself that "I choose to" be where I am going instead of "I have to be" where I am going...Doing this to take charge of the situation instead of the situation feeling like its taking charge of me...
 
This helped me a lot when I recently had a very stressful event I had to attend....
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 10/2/2006 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Bump anyone have mantras they would like to share?
--Michelle

...I dont want the world to see me, 'cause I dont think that they'd understand
When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
--Goo Goo Dolls

"Those who are different change the world,
Those who are the same keep it that way."


tangerine bear
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   Posted 10/2/2006 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
great replies everyone...

I am working on it, although I am not so sure I actually believe it yet

(((Hugs))) to all!

Bear
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Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
 
 


chapstick
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   Posted 10/2/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
The mantra I only use is... If you face it, it can not hurt you. I used quite a few but it only got confusing and made them less believable. Belief is a powerfull tool.

Aussieangel
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   Posted 10/2/2006 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
One I was given for anxiety and treatment.... Every day in every way my health gets better and better.

Another one I like is..... You only have one life so live it. I use that one more for personal choices rather then health.

shell67
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   Posted 10/2/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
these are all great and helpful, i was told to say.....anxiety and worry is a worthless emotion and should not waste my time, because life is too short. I thank you guys for all of them, they are wonderful, and i plan to work harder on convincing myself of all of them. Take care
shell
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JKRsGirl
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   Posted 10/2/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I can.
I think I can.
I think I can.

Hey, it worked for the little engine!
Life's a journey, not a destination ~Aerosmith


seechell
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   Posted 10/2/2006 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Some of my favorite mantras.
 
JKRsgirl's-Life's a journey, not a destination.
Ms Kittie's-I have an illness, the illness doesn't have me.
 
I love the footprints poem-....During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one pair of footprints, it was then that I carried you. (this one usually makes me cry)
 
The one on my signature.
 
There are a few others too. I'm a very pessimistic, glass is half empty girl. So, I have to try and keep up as much positive as I can or I'd fall into a deep abyss and never find my way out. Almost been there a couple of times. Very, very scary to me. I don't EVER want to be there again.
 
 
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Stephanie2014
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   Posted 10/13/2014 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
The best person for OCD is David Shannahoff-Khalsa, in Del Mar, CA.
He can give you the appropriate mantra and protocol for OCD. He has had incredible results with the treatment of this disorder.

His website is: sacredtherapies.com.

He has a video for OCD, although for some reason it does not appear on his site.

His email is: dsk@ucsd.edu.

Funny, I just clicked randomly on something, and your post popped up, and I had just been speaking with David tonight...! What a coincidence. :)
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