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.