Keep Symptoms in Check
In addition to doing what you can to reduce the overall stress in your life (and no, this isn't necessarily easy, even if you
One way is to refuse to give in to the demands of your OCD. (Granted, this is also not as easy as it sounds.) If you can't refuse entirely, then refuse as much as you can. If you need help — whether from a family member, friend, therapist, support group, or doctor (or any combination of these) — get it.
Family members will almost certainly be delighted to help you fight against your symptoms. (Enlisting their help will also put you on the same “team,” psychologically speaking.) They have probably felt constrained by your OCD symptoms almost as much as you have.
Asking for Tough Love
Ask your parent, spouse, or whomever
Use creative distraction. Check the stove, then go for a relaxing walk around your neighborhood. (You should be familiar with this technique from CBT. If you're already able to leave your home for thirty minutes after turning off the stove, now is the time to try sixty, or a whole day.)
Reward yourself for a job well done. If you can leave your front door after one lock check, go out and do something fun: a cup of coffee and an enjoyable book at your local emporium (actually, we hope you'll go for low-caffeine tea, instead!), a shopping trip, canoeing — whatever, as they say, floats your boat!
Don't Let the OCD Win
Do not neglect to keep in touch with your prescribing doctor, your therapist, or both. It's a good idea to get regular “checkups.” Finally, do not underestimate the value of a good support system. If you feel as if stress or your OC symptoms, or both, may be getting worse, talk with a trusted friend, visit your online support group, tell your mom — whatever works for you.