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OCD isn’t just about being a neat freak. And for those with it, this next stage of the pandemic may be hard

uring the pandemic, Malena Dell sat in her car at a gas station for 45 minutes crying because she couldn’t touch the gas handle to fill up the tank. She went from washing her groceries to not eating at all, afraid of getting herself – or someone else – sick.

Dell lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and like many people in the United States, the Covid-19 pandemic has posed huge challenges for her.

“I know that the uncertainty was hard for others,” said Dell, who lives in Martinsville, Indiana. “Those of us with OCD have been like, ‘Welcome. This is what it’s like for us all the time.’”

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What's going on in your mind matters. Changing your expectations can mean more success, experts say

"I think therefore I am," mind over matter, the little engine that thought he could -- our philosophers, language and literature all point to the power of perspective.

Psychologists say this common wisdom is right: What you expect from yourself and the world make a big impact on the results of your endeavors.

"From a neuroscience perspective, the brain will believe anything you tell it, right and wrong," said Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist based in Connecticut.

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Wouldn't it be nice to have a skill set that equips you to be in those moments with a whole different presence, allowing you to be mindful, in control, and able to take charge of your responses? Well, with us today, to talk about a scientifically researched method that can equip us with such a skillset is Lori Lindgren. Laurie is a qualified mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher who is certified in trauma-informed yoga, yoga therapeutics, yoga for healthy aging, Piedmont advanced practices, and Dharma for the youth.

Together Graham and Lori discuss the experience of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, the various benefits, an overview of an eight-week course, and we conclude with a quick demonstration of a body scan.