Taking care of yourself every day is
important in dealing with
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This includes
taking your medicines as directed every day and doing the homework your
therapist gives you to do at home, such as self-directed exposure and response
prevention exercises. With exposure and response prevention therapy, you
repeatedly expose yourself to an obsession, such as something you fear is
contaminated, and deny yourself the ritual compulsive act, which in this case
would be washing your hands.
It's also important to involve family
members and loved ones in your treatment, especially if your doctor suggested that you participate in therapy together. Keeping lines of
communication open may help you deal with relationships that have become
strained during your illness.
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Reducing overall stress in your
life, although not proven treatment for OCD symptoms, may help you cope.
Tips to relieve stress and anxiety include:
Taking slow, deep breaths.
in a warm bath.
Listening to soothing music.
walk or doing some other exercise.
Taking a yoga
Having a massage or back rub.
Drinking a warm,
nonalcoholic, noncaffeinated beverage.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet and avoiding certain foods
or drinks may also help you reduce stress.
Avoid or limit caffeine. Coffee, tea, some soda
pop, and chocolate contain caffeine. Caffeine can make stressful situations
seem more intense. If you drink a lot of caffeine, reduce the amount gradually.
Stopping use of caffeine suddenly can cause headaches and make it hard to
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you
are feeling very stressed, you might be turning to alcohol for relief more
often than you realize. If you drink, limit yourself to 2 drinks a day for men
and 1 drink a day for women.
Make mealtimes calm and relaxed. Try not to skip
meals or eat on the run. Skipping meals can cause your blood sugar to drop,
which will make other stress-related symptoms worse, such as headaches or
stomach tension. Eating on the run can cause indigestion. Use mealtime to
relax, enjoy the flavor of your meal, and reflect on your day.
Avoid eating to relieve stress. Some people turn to
food to comfort themselves when they are under stress. This can lead to
overeating and guilt. If this is a problem for you, try to replace eating with
other actions that relieve stress, like taking a walk, playing with a pet, or
taking a bath.
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November 14, 2014
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