Why we must make friends with OCD(and anxiety)- a little story

The less we truly know OCD (or anxiety in general),  the more we struggle with it.  The more we get to know OCD, the less of a struggle we have.  Below is a little story to illustrate this:  In it I'll touch upon the 4 steps of RAIN (Recognize, Accept/allow, Investigate, Nurture).  This is the … Continue reading Why we must make friends with OCD(and anxiety)- a little story

Performance vs. Vulnerability and internal vs external rewards

In earlier posts I have mapped out some habit loops and explained how our brains seek to do the behaviors that give us the biggest rewards.  This reward based learning model becomes a problem when we are always seeking external rewards to feel better.  The problem with external rewards is that they are not dependable … Continue reading Performance vs. Vulnerability and internal vs external rewards

Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Three steps to healing OCD with RAIN Mapping OCD habit loopsSeeing clearly that OCD doesn't feel goodBefriending OCD with RAIN.  Replacing compulsions with more rewarding behaviors like mindfulness and compassion. 1. The first step is to get a clear understanding about how our OCD habit loops are driving the neverending nature of OCD.  We need … Continue reading Treating OCD with the mindfulness and compassion tool RAIN

Out of the anxiety habit loop- Recognize and Allow with RAIN

Mindfulness and Compassion offer us a way out of the anxiety habit loop because upon investigation they turn out to be more rewarding than our previous anxiety behaviors.  In this article I want to introduce a tool for dealing with anxiety and difficult emotions called RAIN or the RAIN of self compassion.  This acronym has … Continue reading Out of the anxiety habit loop- Recognize and Allow with RAIN