Alex Saxton

Intrusive OCD thoughts

Hi! I hear you’re dealing with those pesky intrusive OCD thoughts that just won’t let you catch some shuteye at night. Trust me, I’ve been there too, and I know how exhausting and frustrating it can be. But don’t worry, you’re not alone, and I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve on how to deal with intrusive thoughts and anxiety at night, when those intrusive thoughts come a knocking.

Understanding Intrusive Thoughts:

Intrusive thoughts are those unwanted and distressing thoughts or images that seem to pop into our minds out of nowhere. They’re often of a distressing nature and they can they make us feel uneasy. But here’s the important thing to remember: these thoughts do not define us. They’re simply a symptom of OCD and don’t reflect our true selves or our intentions.

What Causes Intrusive Thoughts and Anxiety?

While we don’t have all the answers, there are a few factors that can contribute to the appearance of intrusive thoughts. Family history seems to play a role, suggesting a genetic predisposition. Imbalances in certain brain chemicals, like serotonin, can also be a factor. And let’s not forget about the impact of life experiences—traumatic events or ongoing stress can make these thoughts more persistent.

How to calm anxiety and intrusive thoughts

Now, let’s dive into the practical stuff—how to stop intrusive thoughts at night, that can help you tame those intrusive thoughts and get the peaceful sleep you deserve:

Embrace the Bigger Picture: Remember, those intrusive thoughts are not a reflection of who you are as a person. Acknowledge them for what they are, just intrusive thoughts, and remind yourself that they don’t define your character or indicate any actual desires or intentions.

Set the Stage for Peaceful Sleep: Create a soothing and distraction-free sleep environment in your bedroom. This means getting rid of any loud noises or bright lights that can fuel anxiety. Consider using calming music or white noise to calm your mind and drown out the intrusive thoughts.

Establish a Bedtime Routine: Let’s develop a nightly ritual that signals to your body and mind that it’s time to unwind and snooze. Maybe you can start by reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing some deep-breathing exercises to relax your body and mind.

Embrace the Power of Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a real game-changer, my friend. Practice focusing on your breath or other present sensations, allowing those intrusive thoughts to come and go without judgment or engagement. Remember, you’re observing them, not becoming one with them.

Unleash the Power of Relaxation Techniques: Experiment with relaxation techniques that tickle your fancy. Progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or aromatherapy—find what works for you and helps calm your mind before bedtime. Or listen to my hypnosis tracks to help calm your mind and fall asleep.

Befriend Physical Activity: Regular exercise is not just great for your bodily health, but it can also be a fantastic mood-booster. Engaging in physical activity during the day can help reduce anxiety and promote better sleep. So, get your body moving!

Watch Those Stimulants: Ah, the joys of caffeine and nicotine—they can wake you up, but they can also amp up your anxiety. Try to minimise or avoid stimulants, especially in the evening, as they can interfere with your sleep quality.

Reach Out for Support: If those intrusive thoughts are persistently disrupting your life and causing significant distress, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A mental health professional experienced in treating OCD can provide guidance and support tailored to your needs.

Last words…Dealing with intrusive OCD thoughts at night is no walk in the park. But remember, you’re strong, and you’re not alone on this journey. Be patient with yourself as you try out these tips and give yourself some credit for every small victory. With time, practice, and the right support, those intrusive thoughts will lose their power, and you’ll find the peaceful sleep you’ve been longing for. Hang in there, and sweet dreams await you!If you need further assistance on on how to deal with intrusive thoughts  – check out my “Break free from OCD ” hypnosis service during which I can help you to feel calmer, and reduce intrusive the thoughts and the urge to perform compulsions. To find out more – click this link Hypnosis for OCD Relief

I’m a clinical hypnotherapist with over 15 years experience, and to  date I have helped over 100 clients from Poole, Bournemouth,  Southampton, Bath, London, Bristol, the United States, and as far afield  as New Zealand in overcoming anxiety. Regardless of where you reside,  I am fully equipped to assist you in the same manner so do get in touch  if you need my hypnosis help too. Here is the link to my website and here is the link to my calendar if you would like to book a consultation