I can always tell when I'm letting it get the upper hand. I find lots of 'nevers' and disastrous situations in my thinking.
For example: They're NEVER going to come do the foundation and the plumbing leak is getting worse which means the pipe is going to break and water is going to get everywhere and RUIN my newly refinished floors before I can get this STUPID remodeling project started!
It's been hard to watch these last few nice days pass by with no progress on the project. I was so happy when I finally had my permit in hand. I NEVER thought it would take so long to get someone out to do the work.
My more rational mind tells me I've got someone lined up who I think will do a good job for me. He's just got other commitments ahead of my little project. And do I really want someone to work for me who breaks their commitments? When we were talking about the work, he asked all the right questions. Someone like that is worth waiting for, says my rational mind.
I've been trying to focus on what I CAN do. I can get the basement shower ready to go, so that if that faucet does give up the ghost, I'll be ready to go. If the faucet goes, it's not beyond my skill set to install a temporary faucet in the bathroom if I don't want to make the trek to the basement before I absolutely have to. I know I'd have to tear up the kitchen to make the repair, but that wouldn't break my heart.
Stop. Breathe. Trust. I'm working on it.