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  • Writer's pictureAmy Duffy-Barnes

Mindfulness Strategies for OCD

Mindfulness is a practice that involves paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It can be a helpful tool in managing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) because it can help you become more aware of your thoughts and behaviors, and learn how to respond to them in a more balanced and healthy way. Here are some tips for using mindfulness to manage your OCD:

  1. Practice mindfulness meditation: This involves sitting quietly and focusing on your breath, bodily sensations, or a mantra. It can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and learn to let them pass without getting too caught up in them.

  2. Pay attention to your sensations: When you're engaged in a ritual or behavior related to your OCD, pay attention to the physical sensations in your body. This can help you become more aware of the urge to engage in the behavior and learn how to respond to it in a more balanced way.

  3. Notice your thoughts: Pay attention to the thoughts that come up for you, without judging them or getting caught up in them. Recognize that thoughts are just thoughts, and they do not define you or control your actions.

  4. Take breaks from your rituals: If you have a ritual or behavior that is related to your OCD, try taking breaks from it and see how you feel. This can help you build up your tolerance for discomfort and learn to let go of the need to engage in the behavior.

  5. Seek support: It can be helpful to work with a therapist or join a support group to manage your OCD. A mental health professional can help you develop coping strategies and work through any underlying issues that may be contributing to your OCD.

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