Written by Anthony

End Obsessive Checking 

I kept on telling myself, this time. I am not going to check things over and over again tonight.

As I keep thinking about all the time I am wasting, not to mention of the embarrassment of trying to hide it from those close to you or to try and explain to somebody who has never suffered with OCD.

Why you spend so much time, repeatedly checking things, over and over.

Another thing that really bothered and frustrated me was.

All the loss of sleeping time I was losing, because of how long I used to spend checking devices over and over again before bedtime, and then all the struggling to get to work on time, again, due to the excessive checking rituals.

Time and time again, I would tell myself, enough is enough.

Then I would fall into that trance like state, where the times just seems to fly by, as part of me, carries on checking and another deeper part of me, drifts off into a day dream like state of mind.

Even though I logically knew it made no sense to perform all the checking rituals. I carried on doing them.

Often, I would find myself, counting as I did my checking.

Logically I could clearly see that the thing that I keep checking is turned off or locked. 

By now, I have already checked the device or item, many times and I know the things is switched off.

So why can't I move on or make the decision, that the thing is turned off or locked?

What I have come to learn is.

The threat or danger, exists within our imagination and you are trusting and acting on your imagination more than your ability to make a logical and final decision.

On top of this. There seems to have a difficulty in registering the fact in mind, that the device is off. 

It felt as if I used to get stuck with the retaining the memory that the thing I was checking was turned off, which would prevent me from moving on.

Emotions and compulsions are linked to our imaginations, and you can become a slave to your own mind and feelings.

You get a picture of it in your mind which triggers and emotional response and feeling.

They are also very powerful, to the point where they can totally control you and cloud your ability to make a decision.

It is a bit like have an overprotective, dominant and bullying parent that is nagging us to do something against our will.

OCD checking is linked to anxiety and uncertainty. It can also turn into a well practised, but bad and very time consuming habit.

The thing with obsessive checking is. 

The longer and more you check, the more you doubt yourself and the more you doubt yourself and the more you feel the urge, to check.

All it takes is one thought or imagining of what could happen, to drag you back and force you to go back and check a few more times.

The worst things is when you suddenly have that thought or imagine when you're on a long journey or you're going on holiday and your miles away from your home, that you might have left something on.

This can cause a huge amount of worry, stress and overwhelm.

What I suggest in these cases is.

To take a few photos of the things that you would normally keep checking. 

So if that obsessive thought does pop into your head, all you have to do is check your photo on your mobile phone.

As this will stop it from spoiling your day or holiday. Some people will drive hundreds of miles back, on the evidence of their imagination.

The more powerful the association of fear and anxiety becomes attached to your checking the harder it becomes for you to break the grip of this cruel, pattern and cycle.

Life is short and precious and you should be using your time wisely to help you grow and strive to become better you and your life.

If you add the amount time you waste each and every day, unnecessarily performing your checking rituals. 

Then, you will realize how much time, you're actually losing, of that most valuable asset.

I certainly came to the conclusion, that there was far better and more constructive things that I could be doing with my time.

OCD checking, not only robs your of your time. 

It also hijacks your mind and stifles your ability to make a clear and decisive decision, locking you into a trance like state that prevents you from moving on to doing the next thing you need to do and keeps you checking for hours at a time.

Behind all OCD behaviors lies an underlying fear. Maybe a bad memory, fear or worry is driving all your obsessive checking rituals.

Obsessive behaviors are often linked to emotional trauma and bad memories.

The solution to overcoming your Obsessive Checking, also lies within your emotional mind and being able to switch off the part of your brain that controls your obsessive checking cycle.

Getting rid of the emotional attachment and stopping being a slave to your imagination is also an important step in your recovery strategy.

We all like to feel safe and sure, but when OCD checking becomes out of control, It is time to do something

We all like the added security of feeling safe and there is nothing wrong with being sensible and checking to see if certain appliances are turned off or the doors have been properly locked.

At times, everybody will sometimes doubt whether they have left the door open or they have left something on, and they may go back to check to reassure their anxious mind.

Sometimes a person might double check to see if they have got their tickets to a show or their passports etc.

The real problem starts when you attach anxiety to your checking and where you find yourself endlessly checking things on a daily basis until you reach a point where it becomes an habitual time consuming habit.

The difference between sensible checking and obsessive checking is, whether you have control over your checking or whether your obsessive checking is controlling you.

If you're obsessive checking is severe, consuming a lot of your time or it is out of your control, then something needs to be done about it.

If you have reached this stage where you have lost control of your checking then you need to break this pattern and cycle.

Obsessive checking, can quickly get out of control, making you waste hours and hours of your life by holding you in a trance like state.

Which interferes with your ability to make a decision, causes you to doubt yourself and the strong feelings and compulsions can bully you into repeatedly checking things over and over again.

Even though you can logically see and you logically know, the appliances are turned off.

If you want to end your checking rituals, reduce your checking anxieties and eliminate the compulsions that drive you to all the repetitive checking.

Then OCD Stop Checking Self Hypnosis is a great way to free you of the anxiety and help you break the obsessive checking rituals, habits and patterns. 

Which will give you back all that lost time and free you up to enjoy the good things in life, allowing you to focus on all the better things, that you could be doing with your time.

The root causes of your checking

If you suffer with OCD checking, then there are three underlying root sources that you need to tackle.

I have personally suffered with obsessive checking and I know how it can take control over you if you let it.

My problem started when we were about to go out to the local social club and we had our niece over to play with our young child at the time.

They were both playing in our bedroom and they had put the bedside table light on. 

When we called them down to get in the car, luckily, for some reason I went back into the bedroom where I noticed one of the bed pillows was thrown under the light.

The light bulb was burning the pillow, had I not gone back into the bedroom the house would have set on fire, and that's when I started to become obsessed about checking things.

One thing that I noticed was, when I started to check things, I would go into a daydream type of state where you kind of get stuck in a trance like state.

Here, you can spend ages checking certain appliances, without being really aware of what you're doing and how long you're taking.

Another problem I found was, I would start my procedure of checking to see if all the appliances are turned off. 

I would get so far, then forget what I had already checked and end up going back and starting all over again, this was especially worse at night and very frustrating especially knowing you have seemingly lost control over the checking rituals.

What I discovered was, the more tired I was and the more stressed and tense I felt the less control I seemed to have over the obsessive checking.

We all know at first glance whether something is switched off or not, so we have to delve deeper into the checking problem and try and address the root cause of it. 

I have read that people who have OCD checking may have a problem with short term memory processing and they get stuck in a loop where they struggle to process the memory and move on.

What you have probably noticed is, the more you check and the longer you take to check things the more you doubt your memory and your own ability to make a decision.

The thing is, the longer you take to check and the more you begin to doubt, you become less certain which cause you to feel you need to check even more, which will fuel a vicious cycle.

People who suffer with obsessive checking certainly lack faith and confidence in their memory, again this can be made worse at times when you feel, stressed, anxious or tense.

When obsessive checking becomes out of control it will drain your energy, waste a lot of your precious time and it can take control of you.

When it reaches this point, then you need to accept and admit that you have an issue and things need to change.

Professional Treatment To End Your Obsessive Checking

There are several things that are controlling your OCD checking compulsions and rituals that you need to treat.

Your checking rituals are driven by anxiety, habit and the trance like daydream state that you go into when you get stuck in those checking rituals, behaviors and cycles, and it is made worse by stress and tension.

Your brain is pushing you into performing all the checking rituals and routines, because it has learned to attach anxiety to them. The part of your brain that protects and tries to keep you safe, has come to learn that you need to do all the checks in order to prevent something bad from happening.

The more time you take to check things, the less certain you will feel and the less you will remember, as you have probably already noticed, during your checking.

You may also notice that you go into a trance like state, where you probably lose your focus and you will tend to go inwards inside your own head where your mind wanders on to something else and as you know, you can get stuck in one place for long periods of time.

After a while your checking can become a well practiced habit which can be hard to break, which can leave you feeling very frustrated.

The hypnosis recording that you can obtain from the link below is so effective because, first it will help you to relax, so you will reduce your stress and tension.

Then it will teach your brain to disassociate your and anxiety and fear that something bad will happen if you don't performing your time consuming checking rituals.

Thirdly, it will help to move you out of the trance like state that comes with your OCD checking and switch you to a state where you will be able to move quickly from one appliance to another.

Because you still might want to have a quick check, because there is nothing wrong with being safe, you just need to have total control of what you're doing without all the anxiety and compulsions so you only feel the need to check things once or twice at the very most.

The reason why hypnosis is so effective is, its first goal is to relax you deeply, because it is very hard to change a habit and association unless you learn to relax first.

Then it will use the same mechanism that is causing all your anxiety, compulsions and obsessive checking to eliminate it and change the way you react, feel and behave.

Self hypnosis, which is perfectly safe and scientifically proven, will remove the anxiety that you have attached to your need for checking, and it will prevent you from falling into that trance like state you go into, when you're doing all your checking.

Research has revealed, that the more you check, the less certain you become, so instead of checking and then allowing your brain to process the memory and move on, your brain gets stuck in a kind of in between stage, making it hard for you to move on.

The Stop Obsessive Checking session below, which has been created by some of the worlds leading experts in this field. Only costs $14.95. 

It is your decision whether you buy it or not. 

But it will help you begin to decrease your anxiety and break your checking rituals.

Help to overcome obsessive checking

There are three things that you will need to focus on and tackle if you want to free yourself from the control of your obsessive checking which are.

  1. Treating the anxiety that fuels the obsessive checking 
  2. Replacing the habit of checking 
  3. Reducing your stress and tension

1) Dealing With Your Anxiety 

Your checking is being driven by an underlying fear or worry about, something bad will happen to you or your family if you don't perform these rituals.

One of the reasons why people check things over and over again, is to help them feel safe and to help them cope with their feelings and compulsions.

The problem you have though, when you check things over and over to reduce those unpleasant feelings and compulsions, what you're actually doing is, you're justifying and feeding the anxiety. 
What this means is, the constant checking is causing a vicious anxiety loop and cycle and all the needless checking is holding the anxiety in place.

The more you give into your feelings and compulsions the more power you will give them and they will carry on controlling you and dictating your behaviors and actions.

Most people think that they have to deal with or get rid of their unwanted thoughts and unpleasant feelings.

What most people don't know about their unpleasant feelings and unwanted thoughts are, the more you try to get rid of them, the worse they become.

Your anxiety is tricking you into thinking that if you don't perform these checking rituals, something bad MIGHT happen.

We all like the certainty of feeling safe and secure.

But, if you act on everything that might happen just to avoid feelings of discomfort, then you will end up living a life based on surviving rather than enjoyment.

Again, it is fine to check things once or twice, but you have to have a cut off point which you don't go passed.

The more you do something to avoid or lessen those unpleasant feelings of discomfort, then the more of your power you will be handing over to the anxiety and urge to check.

The way to reduce your feelings of anxiety and your anxious thoughts and imaginings are, not to try and deal with them or stop them.

If you want to reduce your anxiety and compulsions, then rather than fighting with them or giving into them. 

Just check something once or twice, then walk away despite if you feel sensations of discomfort.

You have managed to attach anxiety to the checking, however, there is no real reason for the anxiety, therefore, there is no real reason to take it seriously.

Just embrace and feel the sensations and recognize them as just unnecessary thoughts and feelings and leave them alone to fizzle out by themselves.
You see it is perfectly natural to have unwanted thoughts and uncomfortable feelings, the real problem starts when you won't accept them and you try to stop them or make them go away.

So from now onwards, try not to become too sensitive, aware and bothered by your feelings.

Because although these feelings and compulsions can be very overpowering, you do have a choice of how you want to react to them.

If you just leave your mind alone to carry on thinking the unwanted thoughts and you allow your feelings and compulsions to carry on. 

Then your mind and body will quickly return back to a state of calm, when you begin to resist your feelings they will persist and it will trap you into a vicious loop and cycle of more anxiety and checking.

2) Breaking the checking habit

Although your obsessive checking is fueled by anxiety and worry that something bad might happen, it can also become a well rehearsed and practice habit that will need breaking.

All habits are like mental grooves in the brain, which operate and run off neural networks, patterns and associations that become ingrained in our minds.

Once your checking habits have been set, you will automatically respond to these rituals and patterns of behavior and they will become a daily and normal part of your behavior and actions.

When you try and fight the urge not to check, you're actually letting your mind remembers that the checking is what you're supposed to do.

To help you begin to reduce your checking, you need to break these old checking habits, and the way to do this is, by giving your brain new and better ways of doing things so you can begin to create new neural networks.

To change a habit, you first have to make a strong vow of intention that you're going to stick with and commit to, which should involve how many times you're going to check things.

So the first step is to make a conscious decision to create a new habit, once you have made your decision, let's say you decide that you're only going to check things twice.

You must stick to your decision, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable to start with and you must not back track on your decision. 

Because although it might feel difficult to begin with, if you persist, then things will start to get easier for you until eventually your new habit becomes normal to you.

Stick with your new habit for at least twenty one days or however long it takes, or stick to your new habit for at least twenty one times unbroken.

If you slip back into your old habits, start a brand new twenty one days or more or another twenty one times in a row, or the amount of time that is required for you.

If you stick to your guns, then you will get to a point where your new habit becomes the normal way of doing things, leaving you in control over your checking instead of it controlling you.

To break the habit you can set how many times you feel that is sensible and right for you and stick to this new habit.

Or you can try to gradually reduce the amount of times you check thing's, if for example you check the gas appliance 10 times, reduce it to 9 for twenty consecutive times in a row.

Then set a new target of 8 and bring it down until you have reached a level you are happy with. 

Once you have checked things for the amount of times you have set yourself, make a decision and stick with it. 

3) Reduce Your Stress And Tension 

Obsessive checking is a form of OCD and OCD it is often worse at times when we are feeling stressed or our body is tense.

Due to the mind and body connection, our physiology and our muscles are all linked in with our fight or flight response. 

When we are faced with a real danger, our muscles become tight and our body is flooded with the stress hormones, which will activate other physical changes in the body to help give us more strength.

What this means is, if your muscles are tense or your body is full of the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline, then your mind will use this feedback from your body to gauge your situation.

The protective part of your mind, will assume, something bad must be about to happen because why else would the body be primed and ready for action, even though there is no real threat.

When your physiology is out of balance such as when your experiencing stress or tension, then you will remain stuck in a high alert state to danger, and you will have more trouble with anxiety.

If you suffer with anxiety, stress and OCD, then it could mean that your body has become out of balance and you have got stuck in the survival mode and cycle.

People who have a lot of stress and anxiety related issues, never give their bodies a chance to return back to its balanced and natural relaxed state.

It takes an estimated 36 hours for the body to get rid of or use up the adrenaline and stress after each time they have had an anxiety attack or stressful period.

If you suffer from excessive worry, stress or anxiety then you are not allowing your body enough time to return back to its resting state and your body will be constantly out of balance.

Anxiety and OCD can also cause your body to shrink in stature, where the head protrudes forward the shoulders become hunched and the back of the head is pulled down.

Along with the stiffening of the legs and tensing of the hands and arms, this posture is linked to the fight or flight reflex response and it can become habitual.

This stance also can all cause increase blood flow, adrenaline and rapid breathing all of which are linked to the fight or flight response, and whilst you're in this state you will react more with fear and anxiety.

Any fearful, challenging or stressful situation can affect your physiology and put you into this pattern and fight or flight posture.

The same applies if you go the other way and you pull your shoulders back, lift up your chest and lift up your chin.

If you suffer with OCD checking then it is important to learn how to relax deeply and reduce your stress as well as learning to sit, stand and move with the least amount of tension.

It is essential to keep those muscles as relaxed as possible without slouching, especially the neck and upper back regions, any tensing of the muscles can cause more anxious and tense related thoughts.

Try to avoid any over tensing or collapsing of the body, and try to maintain good poise and balance so you can get out of these tense and out of balanced posture's.

Improving your imagery, memory recall

As we have already mentioned, OCD has been linked to having a poor recall of part of the memory which is associated with images.

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.

If you're really struggling with OCD checking and you find that you're wasting hours a day, unnecessary checking then the website below can help you to break those obsessive checking patterns and rituals and ease all your anxiety and compulsions, putting you back in control of your checking, compulsions and your life.

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