How To Stop of an OCD Thought
Try to reverse the physical signs that you are having an ocd moment. By reducing the signs you are sending the message to the brain that there is no need to worry. The signs I am talking about are elevated heart rate, shallow breathing, sweaty palms etc.
Try to calm down your breathing to your normal way of breathing and change you appearanceto that of a happy relaxed person. I have been in an OCD panic many times so I know that this is hard. BUT you must do this because by acting happy you are sending a signal to your brain that everything is normal and there is no need to panic.
Smile. Hold that smile for a moment. Do not try to reduce the thoughts or make the thoughts go away. Alow the thoughts to flow through your brain but do not stop smiling and maintain your “happy” posture and appearance. I know that smiling is the last thing you feel like doing right now but just try it. It really works.
This step dos not have to take too long but has to last enough time that you feel a difference in mood. For me a few seconds is usually enough, but sometimes it takes a lot longer. If you are in a company setting with others around you can smile on the inside. Just imagine yourself smiling and being happy. For me this still works but not nearly as well. I think it has something to do with the fact that when you smile on the inside there is no physical change taking place, so the signal of “everything is fine” that is sent to the brain is a lot weaker.
Keep doing steps one and two until your OCD has calmed down enough so that you can pay attention to something else. Do not make this “something else” a difficult task. Just maube try to pay attention to the tv or that person that has been saying something to you for the last 15 minutes (happens to me all the time)
Do not try to get rid of the thought. Allow the thought that ocd created to have a space in your brain, but fill the rest of your brain with something and concentrate on that something. Mentally tell your brain that there is a new thing that it needs to shift it’s attention to.
These three steps have really helped me and I really hope they can help you as well.