How to stop living in your head?

By: RazzleDazzle
Mood: Other
Date: May 09, 2013
Music: Inner ninja ~ Classified

I thought this was better answered in a blog... In the one I wrote about this is your life someone asked me how to stop living in one's head...

Well, it is easier than you think and thinking about it being hard is half the problem. There are ways in which to get out of your head more and into the real world more and even if those ways don't address your specific OCD, the act of being engaged in something real is therapeutic for all types of OCD. Doing things that are physical or manual in some way are surefire ways of being outside your own head more. Even if the thoughts and feelings persist with a lot of vigor, you are moving, and more importantly DOING. Doing things that require you to be physically active, even if it is a relaxing thing, is the point. You don't need to run a marathon, you can do something as simple as making a batch of cookies. I found baking helpful because I found that the texture of the dough helped keep my attention on it rather than on looped thinking. The act of "doing" does something for the mind that is hard to explain, but it has an effect even if the OCD is still highly active at the same time. It is worth pursuing anything that isn't harmful.

So much time gets eaten up in OCD trying to decide things... when just doing them is what is needed. The details don't matter. Getting it "right" doesn't matter. Just do it... give yourself a very short window to think about options or details and then just go do whatever you were wanting to do.

There is something particularly helpful in activities that create more physical sensation or sensory input. I think it draws the mind's attention maybe. I am especially a fan of creative activities... and that can be as simple as playdoh or a colouring book if a person feels unable to let go enough to access the right brain.

If you google "exercises for grounding yourself" then you ought to find a number of ideas for ways to get outside your head. Grounding is exactly that, placing one's self in the physical world and not being lost in the swirling mind.


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May 10, 2013, 11:37 pm

 Thanks guys. Glad it was helpful.


Never attach your happiness to anything you can lose. ~ C.S. Lewis

May 10, 2013, 2:41 pm

 I was caught up in my own mind for a long time.  Still it's playing tricks, but now I'm just doing things.  Sometimes my mind tells me I will not and cannot do this...then I do it.  The anxiety before is sometimes a lot to handle, but I will do it.  Just do it.  Then afterwards...I'm still OK.  That in itsself is sometimes a miracle because I thought I can't do it.  The more I challenge myself the the better the reward at the end.  I can still say no if I'm going to loose my mind in the process.  The choice is still mine.  And at this stage I still try my best to live with this.  J


Take it and live through it... it's going to be OK...

May 10, 2013, 9:47 am

I had a therapist once tell me it was "staying out of your mind" in that, you have to kind of set a boundary around you, and if what you are obsessing or worrying about you have no control over, you have to just stop and let go. Very cool.


But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep...

May 10, 2013, 1:24 am

 Thanks this is helpful and informative and positive , a lovely trifecta of advice !!!


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From: CAL1991
May 9, 2013, 10:58 pm

I agree completely with this. If I get bad anxiety/ocd I try to do something to keep me busy and my mind on something else. Like cooking or working out it definitley helps.