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Physical compulsions are sometimes called ‘rituals’.
Remember compulsive behaviours can feel helpful and bring relief at first – but unfortunately, they are often ‘good guys in disguise’ - they can get more and more controlling
Know your triggers - this can help you prevent/avoid a compulsion before it becomes too intense
Schedule them at a certain time - sometimes, trying to stop altogether can be tough. Putting a 'boundary' around when you do it can help you feel more in control
Change the behaviour – you might delay it, shorten it, or change the pattern in other ways, e.g. instead of washing your hands with three pumps of hand soap, use two
Build up time between when you feel the 'urge' and when you do the behaviour
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