I have mild OCD, and I can see it progressively getting worse. I used to be unable to touch certain doorknobs, to the point where I couldn't let any skin touch them whatsoever. I'm watching myself get worse about it as I find it difficult to touch any doorknobs or handles at all. I have a bit of an obsession with even numbers, particularly multiples of 10—any and all numbers I can manipulate, like the volume of my laptop or TV, absolutely must be even numbers. I pick at any bumps that appear on my skin or scalp (although I try my hardest not to pick at my face. I'm proud of the fact that I can sort of control that compulsion) and the resulting scabs, which is painful and uncomfortable. It doesn't relax me or ease any anxiety, I just feel as though I have to do it. I fixate on little social faux pas that others would just forget about entirely.
My obsessions and compulsions aren't disturbing my life too much yet, but I'm trying to find ways to diminish the symptoms without medication or psychotherapy. I don't like the idea of absolutely having to be on medication, or the unnecessary chemicals, and I can't afford psychotherapy.
I've heard that relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga can help, but do they actually work?