Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Winter Blues Triggering OCD Thoughts and Symptoms?

Sometimes people suffering with OCD or an anxiety issue need a diversion - a distraction, so to speak.
It doesn't have to be anything big. Maybe call someone you haven't been in touch with for a long time. Change around the decor in your apt. or house. Work on something you've been meaning to work on...cleaning out a closet, a tool shed, book shelves, the fridge, etc.

 And if you can, do get out, even if it is cold outside. Be part of the flow of life. It can be something as simple as taking a ride on the local bus or train for a short distance, or browsing a store or the mall. And if the OCD symptoms are raging at you with fearful thoughts and threats to be compulsive as you attempt a diversion, let it go on, sort of the way we sometimes have to allow a child to carry on and scream while we're trying to do something that they might not like.
The quest to have a good day must be greater than the temptation to cave in to OCD symptoms. Not always easy, but you'll be glad you did when at the end of your day you can say, "I did well. And it was a good day."



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