Tackling obsessions

It’s important we try to limit stress and anxiety around our obsessions because stress and anxiety will always make any obsessions we have worse.

To tackle obsessions, it’s important we expose ourselves to those obsessions, because being exposed allows us to challenge any fears we have around them. We must feel the fear, subject ourselves to fear and work through the challenge of trying to deal with our obsession.

Obsessions are usually there 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 those obsessions. Take baby steps, it makes what we deal with more manageable and achievable. Facing our demons will always be something we find difficult.

In the beginning, we’ll probably feel uncomfortable, we’ll want to back off, we may even feel a little panicky, but those feelings will dissipate the more we stick at working through it. We must ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’ Even if we take one or two steps back during the process, one small step at a time will help us feel less anxious and more in control; small steps.

If you choose to keep a journal of your obsessions, 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 it, until you notice you’re feeling less fear.

To break the cycle, we must fight any urges that tempt us back in. But we mustn’t give in to temptation. The important part is that we’re finally getting to the point where we’re beginning to feel comfortable around our obsessions.


29 Oct, 2011

4 thoughts on “Tackling obsessions

  1. Good post and great suggestions on handling obsessions.

    I have a great fear of spiders, but I’m not going to tackle that just yet. I always scream and get someone else to take care of them. I run!! I think I run from other things too, so suggesting I face my problems is great. I’ve tried it before but ended up nowhere.

    I always end up giving in or backing down. With the obsessions I have I have learned that the world won’t fall apart if everything isn’t perfect.

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