Do you wish you had an “off” button so you could stop thinking about the same thing over and over? Do you feel the need to repeat a ritual that would be embarrassing if others knew what you were doing? Are you so competitive that if you are not the winner or the absolute best you feel deeply upset?
For those of you who like to do it yourself (DIY) consider the following self-help exercises: The 5 Minute Rule and Change the Channel are two kinds of behavioral options that you can try. Sometimes these kinds of exercises will help you to control unwanted or obsessive thoughts. It is best to practice these short exercises whenever you can; even when you are not anxious or obsessing.
Imagine an underground stream that feeds a pond. You can see the pond, the frogs, the water lilies, but not the underground source.This is what happens with obsessions; there is an underground stream that feeds the worry. That is why people with OCD seem to have a never ending source of anxieties, and an equally strong drive to try to control their surroundings and all the people in it.