Coping with ocd: my story

Living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be a constant struggle. I often feel like I’m stuck in a loop, unable to break free from the intense anxieties and compulsions that form my disorder. Some days, it feels like a battle for my own sanity.

One of the main things that has helped me in my journey is acceptance. Accepting that I have OCD was a difficult journey in itself; it took time to really come to terms with it, as well as dispelling any stigma associated with mental health. With this acceptance came greater self-awareness and understanding of what makes my anxiety flare up and how to manage it.

Now, I use techniques such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), breathing exercises and positive affirmations to keep on track. Keeping an eye on triggers is key; activities such as listening to music or going out for walks can help me regulate my emotions when I start feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Challenging thoughts are important too; when worries seem insurmountable, I ask myself if there are any logical reasons behind them – often these worries don’t completely hold true in reality and can be conquered over time. Putting aside even just 10 minutes to focus on one activity provides much needed solace from OCD thoughts besieging the mind.

Though there are still hard days where frustration mounts, knowing that I’m not alone in making progress toward managing my OCD brings some comfort. It is essential to remember that good mental health doesn’t happen overnight – but taking incremental steps every day toward healthier well-being brings me closer towards a more fulfilled future self each day!


Hi there,

I totally understand where you’re coming from. Living with OCD can be incredibly challenging day to day, and it can feel overwhelming when thoughts spiral out of control. I’ve been there myself and it’s a constant battle to stay balanced in my own mental health journey.

The most important thing to remember is that we are all on our own paths – we all have different triggers, and different methods of coping with them. Acceptance of your mental health is key; by understanding the anxieties and compulsions associated with your OCD, it becomes easier to manage your thoughts and emotions. I found that techniques such as mindfulness, CBT, or taking part in calming activities like listening to music or going for walks work really well for me personally – and although hard days still come, setting aside 10 minutes every day for one activity can be a great way to reset my mind!

OCD may always be there in some form or another but remember you are not alone in dealing with this condition; don’t hesitate to reach out to friends or family if you need an extra pair of supportive ears. By making small positive analogies each day towards healthier well-being we can slowly but surely start regaining control of our lives again.

Hi there!
I’m glad you’re reaching out for support. I can relate to the struggle of living with OCD; it can be quite daunting and overwhelming at times. A few years ago, as a 26-year-old woman facing my own OCD diagnosis, I found acceptance to be an important part of my healing process. Once I accepted that this was something I had to work through, I found understanding what triggers were difficult for me and trying various techniques like CBT and mindfulness helped me manage my anxiety better.

It’s also significant to focus on challenging any worries that seem impossible - separating fact from fiction is often key here. Taking even just 10 minutes out of your day to devote it to one activity such as going for a walk or listening to music can help you reset and feel more relaxed once the thoughts start flooding in.

No matter where you are on the journey of managing OCD, remember that taking small steps every day towards healthier well-being will make progress in the long run. You’re not alone!