Yuck: I touched the seat! Im going to have to wash my hand for at least 20 minutes
Resisting Compulsions - Setting: Public Area
Continuously refrain from washing your hands after touching.
Challenge Obsessive thoughts - Setting: Bedroom
I don't need to wash my hands, I don't need to wash my hands
Identifying triggers is the first step in controlling your OCD. Identifying triggers can provide support for you in anticipating your urges. Anticipating these urges before they occur, assists you in easing them.
Reach out for Support - Setting: Family Gathering
Resisting Compulsions is the second step in managing your OCD. This step requires repeated exposure to your triggers. Such as touching a public doorknob and then refraining from washing your hands afterwards. Gradually the urge will deteriorate.
Manage Stress - Setting: Relaxtion Space
*Breathes in* *Breathes out*
Challenging Obsessive thoughts is similar to the previous step. Whenever you begin to obsess write down your thoughts. This can help with a number of problems. Writing down the reocrruing urges will help deplete their power and you'll see how ludicrous they really are.
Making Lifestyle changes to ease the OCD - Setting: Bedroom
OCD can and will consume your life to the point of self-isolation, meaning it's vital you stay connected with family and friends. Joining an OCD group is a healthy alternative, sharing experiences and learning from others.
Stress can trigger OCD symptoms and make them worse, managing this stress is a viable resolution. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing will lower your overall stress and encourage the management of your urges
A balanced and healthy lifestyle notably contributes to the easing of your OCD compulsions. Exercise regularly, this helps refocus your mind when compulsions emanate. Getting enough sleep is essential too, as a lack of sleep can aggravate anxious thoughts and obsessions.