Simple Hacks For OCD & Anxiety
Anyone that can relate, can also agree that having anxiety & OCD are really hard to deal with.
If you don’t know what OCD stands for, it’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. From my understanding there are different levels of OCD one can have, but you add anxiety with it and it can make for serious overwhelm.
Having the right idea on what works best for you when you feel extremely overwhelmed is a game changer.
The daily demands of life become really exhausting sometimes, just in general. It seems so easy to feel burnt out anymore.
Especially when you feel like you have been going constantly. Your mind and your body just need a break. Probably your spirit, too.
So sometimes it’s good to just chill. Take a day off and distract your mind with something you know will bring you joy. Start over tomorrow.
However, having some simple life hacks for managing anxiety can really help!
Sometimes the little things we deal with in life get blown up to be made a big deal because there are so many little things taking over in that moment, that everything combined starts to deplete you.
Those days are extremely draining. But, it doesn’t always have to be.
When you have OCD along with anxiety, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to do what we normally do or want to do. Especially when it comes to self care.
Sometimes the best form of self care is to take inventory of what’s currently influencing you. It’s so essential to care for what surrounds you mentally, physically, & spiritually.
This list is my usual go to! All the things here bring me some sense of clarity when im feeling overwhelmed with both OCD & anxiety. And I hope they do the same for you!
Because sometimes you just cant make the obsessive thoughts and anxiety to go away.
First thing is first, give yourself grace for feeling however you feel. You can’t control how you feel but you can control what you do with your feelings.
1. Organize your space
Organize the piles of paperwork taking over the counter to get a clear mind.
I am totally preaching to the choir here because I am guilty of letting paper work pile up.
It’s time consuming for one, and for two, its not very fun to do if we’re being honest.
So here is what I do:
Make a place for all of your important paperwork, first of all.
Then, begin throwing away all of the outdated flyers, deadlines, and I begin to open all mail that’s been unopened and throw away all of the envelopes and extra papers and ads (you don’t ever use anyways).
Make a file pile for important stuff and kids school work, a shred pile, and a receipt pile which usually goes in a bin of it’s own.
Put everything where it goes accordingly and BOOM it’s done.
2. Clean out old products in the bathroom
Clean out old bathroom products to feel less overwhelmed with options.
I started doing this last year and it reduced the clutter taking over my bathroom drawers. I didn’t realize how irritating it really was while getting ready every day.
So, what I started to do was check the throw-out date on all of my bath, body, and beauty products.
Yes, most bath and body products will tell you how long to keep until it’s time to throw out!
Look for this little small image on the back of every product & it should tell you how long you can keep it for before it’s considered garbage.
3. Drink enough water (arguably the most important one on this list)
Drink enough water to help your body maintain a healthy PH balance.
It sounds so simple, but truth is, a lot of us are not drinking enough water every day!
They say to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every single day! That means if you weigh 100 pounds you drink 50 ounces of water per day.
Not gonna lie.. that’s a struggle for me most days. But, I can tell you from experience that when I do follow along and keep track, I feel SO much better.
It’s amazing what being slightly dehydrated can do to your anxiety let alone your body itself!
Set a timer on your phone, change up your water bottles, whatever you have to do just make sure you get the water in. Your body being hydrated is VERY important to your mental well being.
4. Purge the fridge
Purge the Fridge and let go of what you aren’t even using.
I know some of you mamas are amazing at cleaning out your fridge and freezer often but for some of us, that’s like, the very last thing on our mind.
So, what I do, is every month (every two months realistically) I go through all of the bottles of condiments and everything that’s gotten pushed to the back, and I throw away everything outdated.
Surprisingly, a lot of condiments don’t last as long as you think they would!
I ended up throwing out a garbage bag of outdated, freezer burnt, and old food last month! Amazing what checking the dates can do for saving space, right?
If you are like me, too much “stuff” in my way easily overwhelms me.
5. Match your stuff
Match your sock basket so everyone can stop asking you for socks.
That basket gets overwhelming for us sometimes and we don’t even realize it.. and yes, it creates irritation for the whole entire family when no one can find a darn pair of socks to wear for the day and they are in a hurry!
For some reason us mamas are always to blame… ugh.. save yourself! Lol
6. Schedule your days & time
Schedule your days ahead of time as if you are working at a legit job. Creating a plan makes it much easier to execute it.
You are in full control of every moment of your day and how you take care of yourself in between it all is going to play a huge role in your anxiety, OCD, and how overwhelmed you feel.
My tip: Schedule appointments in your schedule book earlier than they are to save you some time from being late! (This one has really helped me & my always-late habits.
What i do is, i set my alarm on my phone for every appointment and i write in the title the time of the appointment & i always enter it in as 15-30minutes sooner than it actually is that way im usually right on time or a little bit early–if i’m lucky! #momlife
7. Move your body
If you aren’t sure what to do, try some positive & upbeat workouts on YouTube.
A few years ago I took a beginners yoga class at a local gym and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been told since then that spiritually you have to be careful with yoga. So i honestly havent been doing it as much anymore.
I learned so much about my body, about breathing, and what stretching actually feels like. And i think that if parts of it are beneficial to your mind and body, than its ok. Just be careful with chants and poses.
Something I like to do when I don’t know what to do, is go for a run, jog, or walk outside.
Not even kidding, just putting the right tunes on can elevate your mood almost instantly. If you love Jesus as much as I do, I highly recommend turning on some worship music. You’ll find that the Holy Spirit comes to meet you in the middle of worship, and there is literally nothing better in my book.
There are so many free resources out there just by doing a quick google search.
You can find videos, written tutorials, and all kinds of blog posts written by other people who have shared what works for them.
Do any of these things help you when you are feeling overwhelmed with OCD?