Get out of the comfort zone?
Aug 08, 2022
As a result of the rise in going to therapy and the awareness of the importance of mental health in today's society, it is common listening to talk in the media or on the street about concepts such as self-esteem, emotional dependency, emotional intelligence or zone of comfort.
These topics can be treated both by mental health professionals and by people outside this field, which can sometimes have negative consequences. In addition, it is common to turn to friends, family or trusted people for help or advice in the face of that concern that does not let you sleep.
In this sense, any of us will have seen at some point the phrase "you have to leave your comfort zone" or similar. It is common to hear it in advertising, in the psychologist or from the mouth of your best friend. It seems that this phrase is so normalized that many times it is said almost automatically, regardless of whether the person who receives it really needs to get out of their comfort zone to solve what worries. Then... Is it necessary to always leave the comfort zone?
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What we mean by 'comfort zone'
The comfort zone consists of two components: the mental state or feeling of comfort and a behavioral component. The comfort zone provides a feeling of comfort in the face of limits or lifestyle imposed by the person himself to avoid feeling fear or anxiety. The behavioral part corresponds to all those actions aimed at following the routine and activities known to the person, avoiding carrying out novel activities or assuming risks.
The comfort zone would act as a refuge that protects us from discomfort, fear, uncertainty or anxiety as it is a known environment. In this way, being in the comfort zone can be, for example, accepting people or relationships that are not They cause problems, but they also do not meet expectations or contribute anything significant to our lives. For example, being with a partner who gives us company, but there is no love or attraction, to avoid loneliness or feel safe. Another example could be accepting low-skilled jobs or staying in a job that you master but is not motivating or fulfilling.
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What does the comfort zone provide and advantages of not changing
Staying in the comfort zone helps to have a feeling of mastery and control. It is that comfort of the known, always doing the same activities that are good. There is a sense of control and security, thus avoiding uncertainty and risks. Not changing saves effort, a routine is followed that is automated.
You get to know what emotions are going to feel with each activity and the feeling of self-confidence is produced by knowing what is going to happen. Staying in the comfort zone is adaptive, and brings well-being by feeling protected. It is a necessary area to face day-to-day obstacles, for example, by having a support group made up of friends and family who keep us company and help us in adverse situations.
It is not necessary to leave this zone as long as it is significant and valuable for the person, feeling fulfilled and safe.
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Advantages of changing and how to do it
When the comfort zone ceases to be valuable and meaningful, it begins to overwhelm. It is possible to feel frustration and sadness in the face of a situation that has stopped contributing all that it contributed at another time: comfort, tranquility or protection. You are no longer at ease nor does there exist the sensation of feeling fulfilled and of doing things with meaning. Nor will new paths be explored, nor will valuable objectives be pursued for fear of failure or what others will think.
When one finds himself in this situation, it is necessary to identify what is causing discomfort, set goals and carry out actions that allow him to return to having a meaningful life. By making changes, you learn new ways of acting and responding to situations. In addition, by achieving objectives and goals, the feeling of achievement increases and self-esteem grows. You will also be able to achieve goals that have always been there, but have been avoided out of fear.
Some techniques to get out of the comfort zone are:
1. Identify if you are in the comfort zone
Many times people live so involved in routine and automated activities that they are not aware that they always do the same thing, immersed in the tranquility of routine and without stopping to think that they can do new things and take risks. It is necessary to carry out an introspection process that helps to identify if you are in a comfort zone.
2. Accept suffering, fear and uncertainty as part of life
It is important to also accept that these can also occur in the comfort zone. When leaving the comfort zone, these emotions may intensify at first, but once goals are achieved, the situation will stabilize. It is convenient identify whether it is more important to stay in your comfort zone or pursue the goals you have always wanted to achieve.
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3. Identify what causes discomfort and set goals
By setting many or very large goals, it is likely that they will not be achieved and the feeling of failure increases. The objectives must be realistic and easy to achieve, establishing increasingly higher objectives as the previous ones are achieved.
4. seek professional help
You may need the help of a professional to identify the fears and barriers that prevent you from making changes and motivate yourself to do so.
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