Sunday, 6 November 2016

Being comfortable with uncomfortable

Came across this great article online from Pocket recommendations sometime this week and it resonated loads with me. It was on exercising and the gist of it was how exercise could be one of the many keystone habits that help improve one's quality of living.

The quote that stood out was how important it is to be "comfortable with uncomfortable". Instead of constantly grasping for aversion of pain, how embracing pain and a lack of comfort might actually lead to greater tolerance levels, build resilience and strengthen relationships. What it takes is recognizing your thoughts, that say for example: "you're bitching about your work and the lack of direction given by your boss", but instead of repeating that useless thought, why not be with the pain and try to do something constructive with it.

I'm still way at level donut in trying to make sense of this, but I do realise that as I age, I tend to be able to recognize certain cognition habits better, and am able to make (mostly) better (I hope) decisions on how to use those thoughts to further reach the goal. Well I guess not only is physical exercise important, but also, mental exercise is equally important (such as meditation and its multiple uses in training the mind), as one seeks to continuously improve and evolve into a better human being. When was the last time you did something out of your comfort zone?

Anyhow, here's the link to the article below. It's a great read and I do hope it provides you with a dose of inspiration in the coming weeks.

NY MAG: Being comfortable with uncomfortable