I have managed to overcome a number of conditioned responses in the last few months and am working on others but I seem to be stuck in a loop at the moment with one. I find it really difficult to bend to put on my socks and take them off, some days I manage it but never feel in control and other days, like yesterday, I feel anxious about doing it, do it anyway and then end up with a lot of discomfort. I've been struggling with this for the last month or so and the Fred Amir suggestion of reward and punishment has been only partially successful. Now, here's the thing: I've tried doing visualization and frequent affirmations regarding this and other conditioned responses but at the moment this is just making me think more and more about how I feel and building up my anxiety about doing the conditioned activity and getting me stuck in a thinking physically throughout the day. So I'd really appreciate your thoughts on the following: If I feel anxious about initiating a conditioned activity should I do it? If I don't,am I giving into the fear and feeding the TMS? If I subsequently have pain of duration should I back off until I feel confident and try again or just keep doing it anyway? How do I deal with this pain and think about it psychologically when actually I feel pretty calm in my head and things are generally good outside this activity? I guess I feel this is an activity I should do.Is this part ofthe problem? Help please!