It is important we try to limit stress and anxiety around our obsessions because stress and anxiety will always make our obsessions worse.
Obsessions are 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.
So that we can tackle our obsessions, it’s important we expose ourselves to them, because that helps us challenge any fears we have around them. We must subject ourselves to the fear we feel and work through the challenge. Although it’s important we distance ourself from the source of the obsession, it’s important we deal with the obsession.
Learn to live in the moment, but first deal with the issues you’ve not dealt with. Focus on the things you’ve neglected and try to keep your circle positive. Anyone facing their demons will always find it difficult. In the beginning you’ll probably feel uncomfortable, you’ll want to back off, you may even feel a little panicky, but those feelings will dissipate the more you stick at working through it.
You must ‘feel the fear and do it anyway.’ Even if you take one or two steps back during the process, one small step at a time will help you feel less anxious and more in control. 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, you must fight any urges that tempt you back in. But you mustn’t give in to temptation.
The important part is that you’re finally getting to the point where you’re beginning to feel comfortable around tackling your obsessions.