It’s important we try to limit stress and anxiety around our obsessions because stress and anxiety will always make our obsessions worse.
To tackle obsessions, it’s important we expose ourselves to them, because that allows us to challenge any fears we have around them. We must subject ourselves to fear, feel it and work through the challenge.
Obsessions are usually a result of 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 them. Taking baby steps 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.
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 practise 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.