Living with OCD
February 23, 2022
Learning how to live with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) can take time. OCD can greatly impact day to day activities and cause severe anxiety. While living with OCD can feel exhausting at times, there are ways to treat this condition and also make life less stressful.
One of the best defenses against OCD is therapy. Sometimes, just talking through your feelings and anxieties with a trusted mental health professional can give you a new perspective. Your therapist can offer coping skills and other tips for living with OCD.
Aside from therapy or medication, proper nutrition is one of the best ways to lessen the side effects that accompany OCD. Start with a daily breakfast and try to eat small meals more often to avoid letting your blood sugar drop, which can make you more tired or cranky. Some good foods include fruits and veggies, nuts, eggs, meat and whole grains. Although it's easy to reach for caffeine when feeling down or sluggish, it's best to avoid coffee, pop and energy drinks. These drinks can actually increase anxiety.
Sleep is one of those things that we sometimes put on the back burner, when it's actually one of the most beneficial ways to take care of our mental health. If you're finding it hard to sleep with the anxiety that comes with OCD, try to set a routine. For example, try to avoid screen time before bed, dim the lights in the evening, take a warm bath, and choose to read a book or listen to relaxing music.
Try to relax. This may seem easier said than done, right? There are actually a number of ways to allow your mind to wind down. Exploring meditation, yoga, nature and art are all great ways to combat OCD anxieties.
Down time is important, but so is activity. Regular exercise keeps your cortisol levels in check. Plus, exercise is also great for your physical health, as well.
As you improve your mental health, don't forget to reward yourself along the way for how far you've come. This can help as you continue to push forward. Remind yourself that new habits take time and you can reach your goals.
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