Saturday, July 25, 2015

One Step at a Time...

              "What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."
                                              - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Friday, July 24, 2015

Refuse...

 "Refuse to act on an obsession, and it will die of inaction."
- Recovery Inc.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Getting Out...

 
                                               "The best way out is always through."
                                                         - Robert Frost

Monday, July 13, 2015

A New Week-

   

    A new week can be viewed with anticipation or with dread, depending on OCD symptoms. The key is to start with a positive attitude and a belief in oneself to be able to fight back disturbing or fearful thoughts, along with any compulsions or rituals.
    We are stronger than we think. Bullies prey on those who lack confidence and who cower. It's the same with OCD.  If our brain cowers and recoils, the OCD moves in all the more stronger and regularly.
Talk back to the OCD the way one talks back to a harrassing bully.
Stand up strong and face the OCD 'bully.'
Make fun of the threats or warnings the OCD bully throws your way.
What's the worse that could happen? Write out a humorous scenario of your biggest current fear.
     Stay calm and smile despite the OCD.  Have a good week.



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kill the Fear...


                   "Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain".
                                         - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Symptoms

 Many people with OCD become upset if they can't find their particular symptom in a self-help book or online. The brain is very creative so symptoms vary greatly from person to person. And while there are, of course, many common similar symptoms among OCD sufferers, the ones that seem uncommon are nothing to stress about. The technique (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) works well for all symptoms of OCD. 
More on this technique is available in the book: Confronting The Bully of OCD by Linda Maran  


The Load...


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Tips for Anxiety-

Anxiety is part of life, but when it interferes with living, we need to tone it down.
OCD is often accompanied or triggered by anxiety. Sometimes the very nature of the obsessive thoughts are the cause of great anxiety and keep the obsession strong, or lead us into rituals and compulsions. We mistakenly think that giving into a compulsion will lessen the anxiety, but in the end, it doesn't, because the OCD 'bully' tells us that once is not enough, check again, wash again, avoid another thing or situation, etc.
The best thing to do is to stay calm. HA! This sounds like impossible advice to many of us, but there are ways to increase serenity and decrease anxiety, even if just in small degrees.

1- Don't be rushed. Allow extra time in the mornings to shower leisurely, eat relaxed, and dress with ease.
2- Consume healthy foods and beverages that will keep you calmer. Ditch the caffeine and replace coffee and tea with herbal teas. Replace sugar with pure Stevia. Avoid sugary snacks and chocolate. Stick to fresh fruit and raw nuts.
3- Exercise. Even if just a little. Walk instead of driving. Get off the bus or train a few stops ahead of time to get some walking in. Stretch. 
4- Meditate. This one might seem difficult at first due to the intruding thoughts and restlessness. Start with just a ten minute goal to sit still, breathe deeply and empty your mind. Ignore the thoughts. They are just passing through.
5- Pray. Looking to a higher power can help take off some of the burden and fears from a particular struggle or challenge. Find a quiet place or church as your place to go for some time of peace.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Laugh...


"Try to laugh every day
it keeps the OCD at bay."
  From:  The book: Confronting the Bully of OCD

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Extra Triggers over the Upcoming Holiday Weekend?

IGNORE THEM. How?  Just imagine any fearful unpleasant thoughts as a movie playing in the back of your mind. It's there. You can even see some of the visual images your brain concocts, but you don't give it your attention. Just as you would if that were the case with a real TV playing at home by someone else and you not paying it much mind as you cook, read, or study.
Remember, they are just 'thoughts' passing through your mind, even the ones urging you toward compulsive behavior. It starts with a thought.  Laugh at at and let it play on like the 'record' that it is. Eventually, as in the old days, a record wears out. It will not play endlessly.
Have a wonderful OCD-Free Fourth of July Weekend.