Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Focus on Summer Beauty and Fun-

   OCD can interrupt the flow of our lives - even when the weather is nice and everything is green. In fact, for many, the hotter weather triggers bouts of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.)
    Certain summer activities can cause some of us anxiety...going away on a vacation, family gatherings at a BBQ, having the children at home from school, the extra activity and din of the season. BUT...we can alleviate the symptoms we have - be they obsessive not-so-good thoughts, or a fear that seems to be sticking like glue to our psyche.
       Get outdoors. Even if you feel tired and nervous. Choose the time when you feel most anxious, and make that the time you go outside...maybe for a walk in the local park, a car ride to a place of nature in your area, or if you live in a big city, to where people sit outdoors at tables to have a soda or coffee. Bring your lunch, breakfast or a light dinner, depending on the time you go. Be part of the positive energy all around you.     
     And don't feel restricted due to having the kids at home...take them with you on some of your outings - you might all have a wonderful time.  I see many moms taking their brisk walk in the park while pushing a baby in the stroller. Others have their toddler in a bike seat as they take a ride on the bike path. 

  You might like to join a bird watching group. Even city parks and nature centers have them. Or get yourself a good book and simply read under the shade of a tree or a beach umbrella near the shore. 

     Invite a close friend or relative for lunch and make a summery one...checkered tablecloth, a burger, frank (vegan will do too,) some corn on the cob, and water melon for dessert.

     And don't forget the local street fairs, farm markets and flea markets. Always a nice way to spend an afternoon.
        Think...'uplifting' - and do what works best to lift you out of the dark cloud of rumination and anxiety.
   If you need extra help and can't afford a therapist right now...check out my book on:
   Confronting The Bully of OCD by Linda Maran

   Also, see Dr. Steven Brodsky's OCD web site, at:
He addresses other anxiety issues as well.   
    And in the meantime, create some special moments this summer...even smelling a fragrant rose is one of those good moments to savor.
     A 'good moments' journal with photos, if possible, is another wonderful way to deepen your joy of each season, your hometown, your city, mother nature, or your family and friends.