- Treating the anxiety that fuels the obsessive checking
- Replacing the habit of checking
- Reducing your stress and tension
1) Dealing With Your Anxiety
3) Reduce Your Stress And Tension
Another thing you can try when you are performing your checking rituals which can reduce the amount of times you check something to just once is to try and improve your imagery memory.
What you can try and it takes a little bit of practice at first, is to try and memorize your routine of checking.
First spend some time relaxing yourself, takes some slow, deep breaths and let go of any stress, worries and tension.
Pick your normal starting point and take a quick look at the switch or appliance, then look away and hold that image of the appliance off in your head just like you were taking a photograph snap of it in your mind, then move on quickly.
You can also try using a checklist if you need further reassurance, or these days nearly everybody has access to a mobile phone.
So if you're really having trouble take a picture of what you're checking so if you feel a bit uncertain afterwards you will have a photo you can look at.
This will also save you getting so far down the road and then having to turn back.
Move through your house or apartment until you have covered your usual routine.
Just take a quick glance at the switch or appliance and then move on, the longer you stop and stare at something the more you will doubt yourself.
If at some point you start to doubt yourself you can go back in your mind instead of doing it physically.
Another thing that you can do to break the old patterns is, if you're checking the whole house, then start off your checking in a different place or room each time.