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.
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