As a Psychotherapist in Boulder, Colorado and #1 International Bestselling Author, David has helped hundreds of clients feel better and accomplish their goals.
You can’t stop thinking about something.
In order to feel better there’s something you HAVE to do.
You can’t relax without doing whatever that is.
You’re preoccupied with worry over something and whatever it is you have to do feel better.
Which Often Leads To…
Difficulty staying present.
Not enjoying your life as much due to being preoccupied with something.
Feeling nervous and anxious.
Frustrated with having to do a behavior over and over in order to move forward.
What is OCD?
OCD is short for obsessive-compulsive disorder which includes two issues:
Obsession and Compulsion.
What is Obsession?
Obsession is when stress and worry building the system, starting with a thought.
That thought leads to stress and anxiety around.
That stress and anxiety then gives rise to another thought, which leads to more stress.
This creates an endless cycle of stress.
What is Compulsion?
A compulsion is a behavior. And unless you do the behavior, you can’t relax and move forward.
Otherwise he can’t relax no matter how much you don’t want to do whatever the behavior is, you still feel like you have to.
How to Work with Obsession
1. Notice when that preoccupied thinking is starting or when you’re already preoccupied.
2. Once you notice that you’re preoccupied, then redirect your attention back to the present moment by focusing on
the breath – the sensation going in and out
the bodily sensations or
the environment – what you can see, smell, taste, touch, and hear
Preoccupied thinking takes you out of the present moment.
By refocusing your attention, you’re bringing yourself back to the present moment and shifting your attention away from the preoccupied thinking.
This stops the spiral.
How to Work with Compulsion
1. Breathe and notice where you feel that urge to do that behavior in your body.
Ask yourself: Where do I feel this urge?
You might notice it in your belly
or your chest or your leg. It could be anywhere
2. Keep your attention on that sensation. The sensation will often shift, change,or move.
As you stay with it, the idea is that the urge will move through your system.