What Discomfort Teaches Us


Here are some ways that discomfort can benefit you and why you should embrace it.

A Different View

If you knew it would be better for your health, would you choose to spend a few minutes walking in the chilly weather rather than staying inside? Although spending time in nature may seem like a small and insignificant change, research shows that it can actually improve mood and promote mental health. There are a tonne of other things you might attempt that can be difficult at first but will be really beneficial to you in the long run, aside from the natural world. If you knew that trying something new that you didn’t like would make you develop and be better off in the long run, would you do it? Do you ever tell yourself, “I can’t”? No matter how old you are, changing just one word to “I can’t yet” might have a huge impact on the rest of your life. Consider this: How many chances have you missed because you have stated, “I can’t do that”? You won’t know until you start saying “I can” though, so probably a lot!

A Minor Uncomfort

The truth is that successful people appreciate the benefits of delaying gratification. In the long run, doing things you don’t want to do now will benefit you. What if, for instance, you read a book about someone who shared your interests but was born hundreds of years ago but wasn’t really interested in history? Reaching beyond your comfort zones is the first step towards changing your life through modest decisions. Analyse your preferences. Why do you detest particular things? You may learn more about yourself and the world by looking for exceptions to the norm. It’s beneficial to view oneself as a complete. Recognise that even though you will have new experiences and be in a different environment, you will still be the same person you are now. You may make decisions that will have a favourable impact on your present well-being by keeping your future self in mind. What can you do now for which you will be grateful tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year?

Take It Slow! Here are some quick, efficient strategies to stimulate fresh ideas and renew your mind:

  1. Choose an alternative path home from work, and pay close attention to your surroundings. Do you see anything or anyone? What does it make you think of? What do you think?
  2. Do you still recall the thing you’ve always claimed you wanted to do? Perhaps it’s trying a new food, going to a museum, learning an instrument, or skydiving. Make plans, put it on the calendar, and give it a go!
  3. Use the other hand to brush your teeth. Yes, I did say that. Even something this little may cause your brain to function differently!
  4. Have a conversation with a coworker, neighbour, or acquaintance you don’t often see. Consider their story with an eye towards listening to and reflecting about what they have to say. What, in your opinion, can you take away from them? What connects you, exactly?
  5. Get into a cool shower. Take note of how it awakens you. Does it make you appreciate hot water more?
  6. Pose an unconventional, open-ended inquiry to your buddy, partner, spouse, or family member. For instance, “What’s a hobby you’ve always wanted to try but never got around to?”
  7. Try using your money differently for a day, even only to see how it goes. Do you typically buy everything you want? Consider avoiding purchases. Normally, do you just purchase what you require? Try making a tiny purchase for yourself; it may be as easy as getting some new soap. Do you typically pay with a credit card? Try spending one day just with cash. How do you feel?
  8. Consider doing a routine activity more quickly. Do you often cram your morning commute? Get up 10 minutes earlier and take advantage of that time to slow down—both your head and your automobile.
  9. While eating, close your eyes and focus on the food’s flavour, texture, and consistency. Your brain will be forced to concentrate more on flavour as a result. What did you see that your open eyes would not have allowed you to see?
  10. Put on a bright colour if you usually wear gloomy hues. If your socks are constantly matched, try going a day without matching them.
  11. What other thoughts about your own life can you come up with? Spend some time coming up with ideas and writing them down.

Your brain will become more receptive to new experiences (and the unpleasantness that goes along with them) with practise if you approach things differently. I hope this post inspires and motivates you to see that changing your viewpoint and your life doesn’t require a sizable commitment or a significant reorganisation of your priorities. Have you tried any of these concepts? If so, what was the outcome? Would you want to share any thoughts you may have? Comment below if you’d like!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. An absolute fantastic read!!! To #’s 3 and 6…I do this often, especially when I’m in a new environment with new people. I heard in a movie once: “DO what you’re afraid of FIRST, THEN gather the courage.” Good advice for me and so was your article! I’m enlightened when I didn’t know I needed to be! Thank you 🙂

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    1. GS says:

      “Fear is your friend,” says Tim Ferriss in his TED talk. “Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn’t do. More often than not it shows you exactly what you should do. And the best results that I’ve had in life, the most enjoyable times, have all been from asking a simple question: What’s the worst that can happen?”

      Thank you for taking time to read my post. I am glad you found it helpful.

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  2. Stella Reddy says:

    I agree, it is a fantastic read! Thank you for such wonderful suggestions. I am always looking for ways to shake up my routines, as I spend a lot of time at home and get tired of the sameness. I spent way too long living in fear and am a strong supporter of exposure therapy these days.
    I have done 4, 6, and 10 over this past year and am eager to try more things to help me focus on my mental well-being. Yes, it was uncomfortable, but I welcome the feeling these days, as I know in the end, I will benefit!

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    1. GS says:

      I am so happy to see your courage to find your way through this. You will overcome.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Yes, indeed.. Discomfort teaches us how to stay comfortable with it.. 🙏🏼😊💕💕

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    1. GS says:

      Yes we need to embrace the learnings.

      Liked by 1 person

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