"Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together."
-Vincent Van Gogh-
Usually by the time we seek help for this disorder we are drained and beaten down by the constant rumination and anxiety the OCD bully has trapped us into. We do not feel ready for much of the routine of life, let alone gearing up for a show down!
We need to get the proper rest, relaxation, nourishment, confidence, and courage, and gently ease ourselves forward to the starting line to reach our goal of gaining control again.
1-Think of a 'name' for the OCD bully. This will help separate the disorder from your identity.
2-Rate the level of anxiety from each obsession in a notebook as you try to face the 'bully.' If the anxiety is high, then rate it a 10 - if not too bad, maybe a 4, or a 3, etc. Then work on the obsessions with a low rating first, by facing the 'bully' and doing things despite the fear. When the level of anxiety reaches a 1 or zero, work on another one with a higher level. This takes time.
5-Pray and/or meditate (despite intruding thoughts. Consider them pictures and sounds from a TV screen in the background.)
6-Eat well and exercise. (Cut out sugar, caffeine, and processed foods - walk more or do a short exercise routine a few times a week.)
From the book: Confronting the Bully of OCD