It’s important we try to limit stress and anxiety around obsessions, because stress and anxiety will always make any obsessions we have worse.
To tackle obsessions, it’s also important we expose ourselves to our obsessions, because exposing ourselves allows us to challenge any fears we have around them. We must feel the fear, subject ourselves to the fear and working through the challenge of trying to deal with our obsession.
Obsessions are usually there for a reason from something we’re not coping with, therefore it’s important we quantify and learn to change our perceptions on how we see and deal with things. Take small steps, it makes what you deal with more manageable and achievable. Facing our demons head-on will always be something we find difficult.
In the beginning, it’ll probably feel uncomfortable, we’ll want to back off, we may even feel a little bit panicky, but those feelings will dissipate the more we stick at it. We must also do it, without backing out. One small step at a time will help us feel less anxious and more in control.
If you choose to write your obsessions down, put the obsessions that cause you less anxiety at the bottom of your list, with the more pressing and challenging ones at the top. Take the first obsession and begin to practice, working through each fear, until you notice you have considerably less fear.
To break the cycle, you must fight any urges that tempt you back in. Try not to give in to temptation. The important part is that you finally get to the point where you’re beginning to feel comfortable around your obsessions.