50 WAYS TO REDUCE OCD SYMPTOMS
2. Write in a diary. Sometimes it’s too hard to talk to others about the challenges you face. If you write it down it may help you get it off your chest.
3. Do something nice for yourself such as take a bubble bath or watch your favorite movie.
4. Play videogames. Video games require concentration and will take your mind away from OCD issues.
5. Keep yourself busy. Make a list of things to do and do them until OCD thoughts subside.
6. Do not give in to the thoughts. If you start to worry about something try to mentally “change the channel” of your mind. Think of something pleasant such as your last trip and try to remember specific
details. Focusing on that will reduce your OCD.
8. Read a book or a magazine. Concentrate on reading, not on your thoughts.
9. Call a friend or a family member. Talk about some think other than OCD.
10. Watch some TV. Try to watch more comedy shows and less dramas.
11. Listen to music. Make it’s loud enough to drown out your thoughts.
12. Exercise! It can be done at home or at the gym.
13. Try knitting. Apparently it has been proven that knitting relaxed the mind. Why not give it a try? All you have to lose is your anxiety.
14. Try yoga. Yoga has been used for ages to help with various mental disorders.
15. Do a jigsaw puzzle. It will take your mind away from your OCD issues.
16. Take a nap. By nap we do not mean that you should stay in bed all day. Two hours max.
17. Do something that you wanted to do for awhile but felt too lazy to actually do. This is a great time to do it because you feel bad alreay so at least when you feel good you have one less thing to do and you
can actually enjoy your OCD free time.
18. Smile. Smiling even for no particular reason has shown to improve one’s mood.
19. Think of something nice you can do for someone else. Do it.
20. Do not think of OCD. If the thoughts come into your head let them, but don’t focus on them. Think of them as a cloud passing by you. Just let them be and they will fade away.
21. Breathe as you normally do and if when you have a thought your breathing pattern changes, change it back to normal.
22. Organize a closet or a certain area of the house. This only works if your OCD is not related to cleaning or organizing.
24. Tell the people you love that you love them. This helps because the good emotions and positive energy reduce anxiety and remind you that you are not alone.
26. Try to go outside. Being outdoors increases vitamin d which can improve your mood.
27. If you have artistic abilities try to draw an abstract picture of your feelings. Somehow this helps to relieve some worry and anxiety.
28. If you feel really bad still and feel like the above methods are too mild call an OCD hotline.
29. Do not compare yourself to others. The other people may look like they have it easier but if you ask them they would probably disagree. We all tend to think that we have it the worst, but really everyone
has their problems. As they say, there is no such thing as normal.
30. Write down all the good things that you have in life. This will help you concentrate on the good and not only on the bad.
31. If you feel like crying do not hold back. Releasing these built up emotions will help you feel better.
32. Go online and see if there is a support group meetings in your area.
33. Listen to classical music. It calms the mind.
34. Try to take a brisk walk. For some it may be easier said than done but it is a great way to reduce symptoms.
35. Learn to play a musical instrument.
36. Reduce drinks that have caffeine.
37. Do not give yourself enough time to dwell on your worries. Try to stay busy.
38. Try praying. This may be not your thing but some people said that prayer can help.
39. Drink chamomile tea. It will relax your mind.
40. Do not avoid things. Even though it will seem like the anxiety is reduced short term, in the long run it will make the anxiety worse.
41. People with OCD tend to have low tolerance for stress. Try to find ways to reduce stress in your life.
42. Reduce your intake of spicy food. Spicy food has shown to increase anxiety.
43. Watch your sugar intake! Too much sugar can cause mood changes and can make the anxiety worse.
44. Make sure you are consuming enough nutrients. Sometimes when we feel anxious it’s hard to eat right. Make sure you are eating the very best foods for your health.
45. When a thought enters your mind think of it this way : your thought is like a bird in the sky, you can’t stop it from flying over your head but you can make sure it does not make a nest in your hair.
46. When you wake up in the morning do not just lay there. For many people the anxiety and other OCD symptoms are the worst in the morning. Don’t give them time to progress. Get up right away and keep
yourself occupied with something. Do not let your mind wonder.
47. If your worries take a big chunk of time out of your day try this: mentally schedule a time to worry. For example, I will worry at 5 o’clock for 45 minutes. Until that time do not pay attention to your
48. If you constantly need to seek reassurance try to increase the length of time between the point of when the thought first came into your mind and when you ask for reassurance.
50. Do not alienate yourself from the world. Be open about your OCD. Your family and friends love you and they will only want to help you. Don’t hide away from them.