Often times, people struggling to move on from a breakup inadvertently act in ways that amplify their emotions of love towards the person, but these urges usually make us feel worse in the long term. So, what can we do? Enter “Opposite Action.”
Instead of beating yourself up for feeling anxious about your OCD symptoms, you can rewire your brain to help dial down self-critical thoughts and compassionately comfort the parts of yourself that are struggling.

This blog was originally posted on Ten Percent Happier on April 22, 2022 and is reprinted here with permission

Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD

Reviewed October 2020