How to Overcome Blinking OCD

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Blinking obsessions can become extremely frustrating for those who deal with them. In this article we will explore what blinking OCD is and how you can overcome it.

What is blinking OCD?

Blinking OCD is one of many sensorimotor obsessions. If you are unaware of what sensorimotor OCD is, you can read my blog about it here. But put simply, sensorimotor OCD is when your attention becomes fixated on previously subconscious bodily actions, such as breathing, blinking and swallowing.

In an article for, David. J. Keuler PHD claims that ´Sensorimotor obsessions as defined here involve either a focus on automatic bodily processes or discrete physical sensations. Whether technically sensory or sensorimotor in nature, such obsessions share one common precursor: selective attention´. 

How does it cause so much distress?

As pointed out by Keuler, people who struggle with this type of OCD feel like their attention is stuck on one thing and no matter what they do, they can´t get it to shift. I struggled with sensorimotor OCD for many years so I am well aware of just how infuriating this can be. It can feel like you are always going to be stuck like this and this is an incredibly disempowering feeling.

Obsessive blinking can cause a lot of distress.

Perhaps you feel like you can´t overcome blinking OCD as it´s been with you for a long time, or perhaps it´s a new thing, but it´s causing you a lot of stress. The good news is though that you can learn to actively shift your attention onto different things and you don´t need to feel like a prisoner of these thoughts (because you´re not).

What can you do about it?

Well actually there´s quite a lot you can do about blinking OCD. The first thing to do though is to roll up your sleeves and start finding out as much as you can about mindfulness as you can. If you have read my blog before you may know that I don´t like the word ´mindfulness´. It´s an overly used word and what on earth does it even mean anyway?

By mindfulness I mean learning to purposefully tune in to the present moment by using an anchor to focus on. For example, normally in meditation people pay very close attention to the breath. Whenever they are distracted by a thought, they keep bringing their attention back to the breath. By doing this, they are learning to selectively pay attention to the bodily process of breathing.

Now if your obsession was about breathing, then this would be a good activity for you, as instead of pushing the obsession away, you are now choosing to focus in on it and this sends a very powerful message to the brain that it´s ok to be aware of this. When you keep practicing this, you will begin to notice how your attention shifts.

A blinking OCD Exercise

To overcome blinking OCD then we need to bring the same quality of awareness to the blinking. You can try the following and see how it works for you, in my experience though you need to commit to doing this every day to see some longer-term benefits.

Mindfulness skills can help you to overcome blinking OCD.

You can do this sat down in your room or if you like you can do it in the bathroom in front of the mirror. Instead of trying to distract yourself from the blinking, you are going to bring all of your attention and focus to the eyes and the process of blinking. You can consciously blink and really pay attention to it.

If you notice any anxiety as you´re doing this, try your best to accept it and carry on with bringing your attention to the process of the blinking. If you can, try to make it feel a little uncomfortable and just pay attention to how that feels. Once you´ve done this for two or three minutes, stop and just notice any anxiety that you have without doing anything to get rid of it. Repeat these two or three times a day. Remember the important thing with this and the reason that it works is that you are no longer pushing away the thoughts and sensations, you are doing the opposite. This gives the message that you are the boss and not the OCD.

If you find this difficult to do on your own, then I would definitely recommend that you work with someone to help you with this.


I do hope that this was helpful. Blinking OCD like all types of sensorimotor OCD can be extremely difficult to deal with, but with the right approach and strategy you can overcome it. If you have any questions or would like to work with me on this, then do please get in touch.


  1. Sandeep January 4, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I need your help in this situation of OCD

    1. Robert James January 11, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Hello, ok I have sent you an email.

  2. Tom February 7, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Hey, I’ve recently been dealing with blinking ocd and I’ve had swallowing ocd for around 10 months and nothing is working/helping (I am constantly swallowing) can we talk bro?

    1. Tom February 7, 2022 at 11:24 pm

      So yeah I recently got blinking a couple of days ago but my main issue is swallowing (although blinking is still annoying) I’ve gone 10 months without forgetting once about swallowing and I need advice from you. Can we talk via email and I can discuss my issue in more detail?

    2. Tom February 7, 2022 at 11:25 pm

      Also I have this other anxiety issue bro that isn’t OCD can you also help with it 🙁

    3. Robert James February 10, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Tom, yes sure, I’, going to send you an email

    4. Rishita February 13, 2022 at 5:36 am

      Hey I’ve the same issue.can i talk to u???

    5. Rishita February 13, 2022 at 5:45 am

      Hello I’ve the same problem.i want to talk to you

      1. Robert James February 13, 2022 at 1:52 pm

        Hello, yes no problem. I will send you an email 🙂

  3. Nitish Kataria March 7, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I also have the same issue. Sometimes its about blinking. Other times its about reading. Themes keep on changing. Can you also help me?

    1. Robert James April 1, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Nitish, yes of course, no problem.

  4. Cyndi March 26, 2022 at 9:46 am

    I started it last three days and it is driving me nuts. I really Need help

    1. Robert James April 1, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      Hi there, are you making any progress with it?

      1. Rishita May 2, 2022 at 10:07 am

        How can I contact you

  5. Mick May 2, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Have had the blinking ocd for nearly 3 months, brought on by stress and anxiety.

    The OCD really feels pure and powerful.

    There’s a constant feeling of helplessness in the background


    1. Robert James July 18, 2022 at 8:50 am

      I have sent you an email about this.

  6. Dominic June 4, 2022 at 3:20 pm


    My problem is once I stop the blinking exercise I feel like I’m just staring and not blinking, like I need to blink. There’s no anxiety because I’ve had this before but with breathing so I kind of defeated the anxiety then.

    Any chance you can help?

    Many thanks,

    1. Robert James July 18, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Hi Dominic, I have sent you an email.


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