Self care for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder during COVID-19 |
“A soft blanket or stuffed animal” can be a successful self-care strategy for COVIC/OCD sufferers – International OCD Foundation
Be gentle with yourself, and with those around you.
- Times of high stress can bring out both the best and the worst in people — it’s wonderful when it brings out the best, but it’s completely natural and understandable when it brings out the worst.
- It’s OK if you cry in the shower, it’s OK if you’re short to a loved one, it’s OK if you overeat.
- Try to be mindful of how you’re feeling and acting on a given day, and forgive yourself for the times when you might not be at your best. Recognize that this is also the case for those around you, and work to forgive them too.
- Try to be a source of calmness for your loved ones, especially in front of those who may be looking to you during this difficult time (such as your children or close partners).
- Using techniques like mindfulness, meditation, and breathing deeply can be helpful. The Anxiety Wellness Center has created a Feeling Thermometer that can be useful for gauging how you are feeling in the present moment.
Limit your social media and COVID-19 coverage intake.
- There is no shortage of COVID-19 coverage to consume, and it changes moment by moment.
- Instead of constantly refreshing your social media feeds or staying glued to news coverage, find a few trusted sources that you can check consistently (such as the CDC or the WHO) and set limits on your consumption (once a day, or no more than one hour a day, etc.) …
Develop a self-care toolkit.
This can look different for everyone. A lot of successful self-care strategies involve a sensory component (touch, taste, sight, hearing, smell), so a good task might be coming up with at least one thing for each:
- For touch, a soft blanket or stuffed animal.
- For taste, a favorite snack or drink.
- For sight, a picture of loved ones or from a fun vacation.
- For hearing, make a playlist of your favorite songs.
- For smell, a scented candle or essential oil diffuser.
- Some things can engage more than one sense, like putting on a nice-smelling lotion (touch and smell) or coloring in a coloring book (touch and sight) … Read more.
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