OCD Hacks for Teens

10 Hacks for Home

  • Maintain a simple routine  and focus on what is good
  • Plan extra time into your morning routine to work through compulsions if needed
  • Stay hydrated, eat right, and exercise regularly 
  • Give yourself Grace – tomorrow is full of possibility
  • Create a comfy space all your own at home – relax there daily – No electronics allowed
  • Avoid triggers when possible and push forward with a professional
  • Set aside time in everyday for focused breathing – 5 seconds in – 5 seconds hold – 5 seconds out]
  • Your eyes guide your thoughts- when fears start to rise try to focus on something beautiful nearby (a plant or flower) instead and be grateful for life’s beauty
  • Spend time outdoors whenever you can
  • Go out of your way to do something nice for someone daily

10 Hacks for School and Work

  • Arrive to school early whenever possible and follow the schedule to avoid stress
  • Focus on your strengths not your struggle
  • Know the accommodations that work for you and use them
  • Kindly remind your teachers of your 504 accommodations when necessary
  • Know your triggers and avoid them at school whenever possible
  • Create a Go To plan to manage OCD symptoms at school and use it – Invite a friend to partner in the plan
  • Identify a support person and a safe place at your school – a teacher’s room -the nurse’s office – someone and somewhere you can go to for help
  • Advocate for yourself – ask for the help you need
  • Document your OCD symptoms in detail daily
  • Don’t let your mind wonder in class, always take notes and doodle on topic