Letting Go Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Care


Something I’ve struggled with for a long time now and still do is letting go of scary OCD thoughts. I feel like if I just let go of OCD thoughts or rituals where I worry something bad could happen, it must mean I don’t care about the consequences or if I can let them go easily it must also mean I don’t care. I am starting to accept and learn that this is not the case and you have to give yourself permission to let go of things, it doesn’t mean you don’t care. Easier said than done right?  When your emotions are telling you letting go of certain thoughts and worries is bad and if you let go you’re a terrible person it’s really hard not to listen. I know OCD will try to do anything to try to keep me sucked in by it, because that’s what OCD does it wants to control people. Which is exactly what it’s doing by making me think if I let go and don’t perform a ritual that I don’t care and also that something bad might happen.

The reality is as soon as you get that thought ‘If you don’t do such and such something bad could happen’ and you then feel anxious or worry about not performing the ritual, that is the sign you do care. The fact you’re worried about letting go of that OCD thought or ritual, means you care if you didn’t you wouldn’t be thinking about it or worrying about it. You don’t need to carry on thinking about the subject or perform a ritual to know you care. You need to allow yourself to let go and become free because you deserve it. You can acknowledge the fact you’re feeling anxious about not performing a ritual or feeling anxious about not trying to work out what that bad thought you just had meant about you and accept that is you caring.  You don’t need to torture yourself any more than that, you’re  allowed to move on, you just need to let yourself.  Thinking about things more and more or performing rituals is keeping you stuck in the place you are right now, stuck being controlled by a pest called OCD in your head. One of the steps to freedom is to know if you’re worried or upset about letting go you care, but you don’t need to hold on to things or perform rituals. Allow yourself to fear letting go and allow yourself to recognise you care. Then let go because you don’t need to be afraid you don’t care because you have proved to yourself  you do.

Stay Strong,




  1. June 12, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    I get trapped in OCD thoughts as well. I struggle with fixations and worrying about everything and anything. Blogging has really helped me to get out my feelings and clear my mind in a sense but I still find myself controlled by my thoughts. It’s really hard to explain to people who don’t suffer, but as long as we understand, we’re more capable of getting ourselves out of the tangled web.

    • June 13, 2014 / 12:21 am

      Yeah I think its amazing how I can speak to anyone with OCD even if its not the same type as me and we can relate to bits of each others OCD and understand each other fully. Blogging has helped me too, given me a bit of purpose and got me in contact with some sufferers like myself which has been lovely!! If you have twitter feel free to follow me and lots of other OCD bloggers and tweeters @annaacarter, and if you ever need someone to talk to just message me on twitter or any other linked places on my blog, always here, I know how alone it can feel and how hard it is sometimes! xxx

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