I don’t set the rules

If my OCD had its way, we would wear gloves at all times, never breathe the same air as anyone else, and not leave the apartment for the next 2 years minimum.

When my boyfriend goes to the grocery store, we’d have them in a hazmat suit, and as an extra precaution, we would fill a swimming pool with disinfectant and sleep in it every night.

But this is why OCD isn’t making the rules around here. Instead, I stick to the CDC’s recommendations:

Practice social distancing, which means keeping 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
Avoid large gatherings and nonessential travel where the virus is more likely to spread.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds after you’ve been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces once per day (tables, door knobs, light switches, countertops, desks, phones, toilets, faucets, sinks).
The key here is to follow these guidelines and nothing more. OCD or anxiety might want you to go overboard, but that’s when you might fall into compulsive territory.

So no, unless you just came home from the store or you’ve just sneezed or something, you don’t need to wash your hands again.

Similarly, it can be tempting to rigorously shower multiple times a day and bleach your entire home… but you’re more likely to heighten your anxiety if you become obsessive about cleanliness.

A disinfecting wipe hitting the surfaces that you touch most often is more than enough as far as being cautious goes.

Remember that OCD is a huge detriment to your health, too, and as such, balance is critical to staying well.

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