Ways to Cope with OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be best managed if caught early on, usually during teenage years. Use these tips to cope with OCD and prevent obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

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Talking about your obsessions and compulsions can be hard, but it’s also relieving. Once you’ve opened up, you can really begin the healing process.

Understand it Takes Time

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Overcoming OCD is not a fast process, so it’s important to have patience and not rush the process. No matter how long it takes, know that it will be worth the hard work in the end.

Ask for School Support

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Some schools offer learning environment adaptations or have supportive solutions for helping students with OCD while they’re at school. Ask a school counsellor or teacher at your school if they can help.

Create a Routine

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Creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes sports, healthy eating, regimented school work and a sleep schedule is important to overcoming obsessive and compulsive behaviours.

Monitor your Inner Dialogue

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Watch the way you talk to yourself and keep your thoughts positive. Notice when you’re feeling stressed or are feeling compelled to do something and try to calm yourself down through positive thoughts and self-talk.

Expose Yourself

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Exposing yourself to an obsession helps you deal with your emotions and move past the compulsion. Train yourself to think differently when facing these triggers in order to empower yourself when confronting them.

Refocus your Thoughts

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If you feel an impulse coming on, think of something else or find a way to distract yourself until the impulse passes. Tell yourself you’re experiencing an OCD behaviour and find a non-OCD behaviour to focus on instead. Sports, journaling or puzzling are all good options.

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