In the time since I released my book Tame Your Anxiety to the public, I have been a bit surprised by the feedback in one particular way. I have received compliments on the chapters on breathing, mindfulness, diet, and challenging your fears. However, I haven’t received any feedback about my chapter on nature. Nature has been one of the most important parts of my own ongoing recover from OCD, and for me it might just be the most important part.
Unfortunately, our modern culture divorces us from nature as soon as we are born. A few of us are lucky enough to have parents who fully appreciate nature, but most of us do not have that sort of upbringing. We live in houses with neatly manicured yards, and out idea of “getting out in nature” is a visit to a park with two acres of green space and a couple of trees…right in the middle of the city!
I give you an introduction to my book “Tame Your Anxiety.” The book is based around my belief that anxiety problems are mostly caused by habits and lifestyle. We have a lot to deal with in our modern world, and a lot of what we deal with causes us anxiety!
In this episode, I give you a taste of the different “life areas” I cover in the book. Diet, exercise, breathing, mindfulness and more are covered. The idea is to form new habits that support healthy anxiety levels. An added bonus is that you will improve many aspects of your life simultaneously as you work to improve your anxiety. By learning to breathe properly, your overall health will improve. By reducing the amount of processed foods in your diet, you will most likely lose weight and feel more vital.
By forming new, beneficial habits you will crowd out the harmful habits that are supporting your chronic anxiety.
Like many OCD sufferers, I did not realize I have OCD until I had struggled with it for nearly a decade. How, you ask, could someone have a crippling disorder for that long and not know what it was?
Well, there are several reasons. First of all, living with OCD just became my “normal.” I knew something was wrong with me, but I developed ways of coping with it, and soldiered on. It was only when I bought the book Brain Lock by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz that I was able to diagnose myself with OCD. In the book, he tells a lot of detailed stories about his patients and what he went through. I read those stories and identified with them so much that I knew I must have OCD. That lead to me reading more books on the disorder, and listening to a podcast called The OCD Stories. All of this further confirmed my self-diagnosis.