Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Enjoy the Winter Weather-

Winter tends to keep many of us cooped up indoors which can compel us to turn inward and ruminate on things. OCD just loves to creep in at those times. Best to get out, even on cold snowy days.

Dress warmly in layers and always wear a hat and gloves, where most heat escapes when uncovered.

If you're afraid of slipping, then just go on your front porch, stoop or in the backyard and admire the white beauty. Breathe in the cool refreshing air. Wear winter boots or snow sneakers to decrease your chance of slipping.

Have a friend join you for a short walk to his or her house and then back to yours. Have a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate with your friend after the walk. Company gets us out of ourselves.

Some folks have dogs and walk them each day regardless of the weather. The dog gets them out every day and in the process they meet other dog walkers and get in some socializing too.

Find a hobby that interests you so that when you can't get outdoors, you can have something to distract you from turning inward and having OCD pick on your thoughts.

Take up painting, scrap booking, writing stories, or cooking hearty stews and wintry meals. And don't forget that good novel.

Look at winter days as cozy days instead of dreary ones. Each season has a beauty of its own, including winter. And if those OCD thoughts start brewing, picture yourself throwing snowballs at a bully - which is exactly what OCD is.

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