We all have to learn how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. But we rarely do because it’s so much easier to seek what’s familiar and safe. We sniff a hint of uneasiness and we run as fast as we can - it’s the major reason why we find it so hard to change our habits. Feeling inconvenience makes our hearts pound, our palms get sweaty and our stomach does somersaults.
Whenever we find ourselves in this position we disguise our discomfort by picking up negative habits which rarely succeed at getting rid of it. They can range from binge eating, drugs, alcohol, and other kinds of addictions and abusive behavior.
But when you befriend your unease, you empower yourself with one of the most essential survival skills you can have. It doesn’t come naturally, and it can be a bit overwhelming, you have to work at it to achieve it.
It’s not easy and definitely scary, but very worth it. It’s in that area of discomfort where you find out what you’re made of. You become tougher and more experienced. You hold on, weather the storm, knowing that it’s temporary but it’ll shape you into the person who you’ve always wanted to become but never knew how. You also have to realize that it’s a long-term plan for you to grow and gain clarity.
Pushing boundaries, breaking limits - that’s when you grow as an individual and begin finding new possibilities to help you reach your true potential. It’s when you’re uncomfortable that you actually test your character and resilience. But when you’re on a journey of self-discovery, it’s normal to face some bumpy times emotionally. That’s why it’s important to work on boosting your self-confidence because you’re the only one who can get rid of your fear and stand strong in the face of turbulence.
You can’t always have a clear picture of your master plan, sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and trust yourself to deal with the outcome no matter what.
And it’s when you push past your comfort zone that your creative juices start flowing and can create new ideas. Putting yourself out there and feeling self-conscious can be frightening, yet also dynamic and intoxicating.
There are many things you can do to allow yourself to embrace discomfort and use it to your advantage.
· Write about it. Putting your ideas down on paper eases their hold on you so that you control your fears, not the other way around. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts and feelings. And you gain fresh perspective when it comes time to make that decision you’ve been paralyzed with fear over.
· Find support. You can go to a support group or seek therapy, talk to a trusted friend or family member. Knowing that you’re not alone, that there are others who feel the same fears and doubts, makes it easier to face. You are never really truly alone.
· Meditate. Take deep breaths, close your eyes and try to clear your mind. The act of steady breathing alone has proven to decrease stress hormone levels and bring a calm inner strength. If you prefer movement to sitting down, go for a walk. Research shows that fresh air coupled with a healthy dose of sunshine clears the cobwebs and bolsters your resolve.
· Get a massage. Human touch plus the detoxifying effect of the actual massage will definitely put things into perspective. It releases ‘happy hormones’ which fight against the harmful effects of stress, thus helping you realize that any hard times will pass and that you can come out on the other end that much stronger for it.
· Find inspiration. Pick some quotes that inspire you, write them down and put them somewhere where you can easily see them. Knowing other people have gone through similar experiences and have lived to tell about it will give you that push you need to keep going.
· Track your progress. Revel in how far you’ve come. You’re a changed person and you should be proud of all you’ve accomplished. It can help you build up your confidence even more by seeing how strong you are. Then, ultimately, reward yourself for all your hard work - you’ve earned it!
Once you master how to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, you can pretty much master anything in life.