How to Get Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable
Being uncomfortable is an essential part of life. It’s how we grow, learn and challenge ourselves to become better versions of ourselves. After all, it’s almost impossible to grow if we always stay in our comfort zone and avoid situations where we might fail or be uncomfortable. But being uncomfortable can also be nerve-wracking, overwhelming and downright scary at times!
In order for us to grow, we need to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable so we can keep getting better and better at the things we were meant to thrive at.
Here’s how you can get started:
- Identify what makes you uncomfortable: When you start to feel uncomfortable, get curious. Identify what makes you feel this way. Is it a certain situation, activity, person or place? Once you have identified the root cause of your discomfort, then you can begin to address it in a constructive manner.
- Determine tools for dealing with discomfort: Find tools that help you push through the discomfort and manage your feelings in a healthy way. Consider using deep breathing exercises, talking to an encouraging friend or mentor, journaling, or meditation as a tool.
- Reframe discomfort as a positive source for growth: Once you have identified what makes you uneasy, try to reframe those thoughts and feelings into something positive. When you feel anxious and scared, see it as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and gain valuable experience. Recognizing the negative short-term feeling is a gateway to long-term positive feelings of pride and growth.
- Expand your parameters: It’s important to remember that feeling uncomfortable does not necessarily mean failure – far from it! If anything, being willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone shows courage and strength. So keep pushing yourself even when times get tough – because ultimately, this will lead to growth both professionally and personally.
- Think of something you want to accomplish. What are some uncomfortable things you’ll have to overcome in order to achieve that goal?
- What tools could you start using to help you push past discomfort?