We humans learned to avoid pain and danger in order to survive. Great tactic if you want to live for a while.
Then we took it a step further and added discomfort to the "avoid at all costs' list.
Many of my clients struggle to begin the decluttering process because they can't even face the task, it's so uncomfortable.
I once sent a client into her basement to just sit there for a few minutes, to bring comforting drinks with her, to hang out there with her kids because she couldn't even stand the sight of it to begin decluttering.
The biggest secret of discomfort that I teach my clients is that it doesn't last when you're present with it. It melts like chocolate.
If you hold it in your attention for just for a little bit - it begins to soften. If you hold it in your awareness for a little longer - it becomes malleable. If you hold the discomfort in the sincerity and warmth of your heart - it'll slip right between your fingers.