Surprisingly, many creative people have OCD...musicians, writers, artists...So, besides creating masterpieces of art, there is the creation of some pretty wild OCD thoughts and compulsions. (More on that in another post.)
Others, who do not tend to be creative, might latch on to something fearful in the media while online or watching the News. Or, while reading a novel or scanning channels on cable, this outrageous fearful thought or an old ritual comes crashing in, and sticks like a fly to fly paper. Ugh! Don't panic.
Cook up a tasty dish you never prepared before.
Breathe in some fresh air. Go out on the back or front porch, or in front of your building, and take a few breaths of air. Or just open the window and do this. A couple minutes of some outside air will invigorate and refresh.