Why would someone want to try meditation for OCD? After all, meditation has a bad rap. It’s often associated with new age mumbo jumbo and mysticism. It’s used by people who eat granola bars and drink wheat grass juice. The practice of meditation even conflicts with certain Christian beliefs.
This is unfortunate, since meditation is a legitimate form of relaxing the mind and body. It is a discipline of focused breath and slowing thoughts down. That makes meditation for OCD sufferers an appealing discipline to explore. While many are put off by anything categorized as alternative healing, it can be a helpful tool to achieve useful states of mind for those dealing with OCD and anxiety. And if there is one thing a racing mind or anxious body can use is extra relaxation.
Like any discipline, meditation will take practice. Unfortunately many with OCD are impulsive and want immediate results, so a good place to start is by asking the following question
Some of the many benefits include:
Those with OCD tend to be adept at rituals. Practicing meditation can also be a ritual, but one full of productive results. The process doesn’t need to be difficult and there is no one right way of doing. You follow a format, one you can alter to satisfy your own particular needs. Then practice and give it a chance.
Meditation can calm racing thoughts and negative emotions. If impulsive urges interfere, start small. Those always needing to be distracted or busy may find 5 minutes of sitting still unbearable, at least in the beginning. Meditating for a minute or two is a great place to start. Delaying the need to immediately give into impulses for longer and longer time periods also helps transfer the skill into other areas life. Forget about trying to do it right. Just start by doing the best you can.
Those with OCD want peace of mind, but they are often too impatient to take the journey to get there. Professional help can even out the rough stops. At Designed Thinking we will often talk to our clients about their commitment to change. Avoiding uncomfortable urges or thoughts can be a big motivator, one many are committed to. It is understandable and it needs to be addressed, because a commitment to avoidance of pain will not help accomplish positive changes.
Using meditation for OCD should be viewed as a life style, a habit one desires to incorporate into their life. However, meditation is not a cure for OCD. even though it can help silence the mind. Meditation for OCD should be used in conjunction with other types of behavioral, cognitive, emotional or mental therapies and training.
If you are not in therapy yet, there is no reason to delay trying meditation. It cannot hurt and it is a proactive means of taking charge of your own focus, of your own mental and emotional states. The more you practice, the longer you will be able to meditate, meaning you begin to achieve greater levels of self control.
OCD can be a complex and deeply challenging process for some to overcome, so while you are weighing out the options to seek assistance, take some action for yourself. You can use all the tools you need to get your life on track and sometimes you need to more than one approach. So go ahead, close your eyes and let yourself let go and feel differently about yourself.