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Most people do not like discomfort; they run from it. When you run from discomforting situations, you create a tiny comfort zone. This limited comfort zone can lead to feeling as though you can or need to control external things in your life, which is detrimental to your recovery. While there are situations where it might be appropriate to leave a discomforting situation, understand that experiencing discomfort is essential to growth in recovery. When you can work with discomforting situations within, you will broaden your safety zone. The next time you need to sit with your thoughts, exercise or eat vegetables, understand that the temporary discomfort will lend you more peace and comfort in the long run. These are various ways in which you can get started on getting over your fear of discomfort.

Start SmallĀ 

If you struggle to face difficult thoughts, try sitting with them for 30 seconds to start. Taking 30 seconds to sit with difficult thoughts and emotions helps you develop the confidence to face them. From there, work at your pace, from 30 seconds to one minute, and so on.

The same applies to eating and exercising. Implement small doses of vegetables into your portions. Make it a rule to eat one green vegetable with every meal. When exercising, start with ten-minute sessions and build from there.

Immerse Yourself

Sitting with uncomfortable feelings and committing not to avoid them will begin to help you accept them. Much like procrastination, when you sit with a task, you will eventually focus on getting through it.

Seek Discomfort

Make it a daily goal to seek a challenge that you find discomforting. It might mean an extra five push-ups, drinking a vegetable smoothie, or committing more time to mindfulness and meditation. You might also keep a jar filled with uncomfortable tasks written on small pieces of paper that you draw daily. It will add a sense of fun, mystery, and strengthen your commitment.

Remember, discomfort is not an enemy to your fear; it is essential to your recovery. Being able to endure a discomforting act will continue to build confidence within to help you face and overcome the challenges that will lead to breakthroughs in your recovery. Work on discomforts both internally and externally. If you still feel like running from your discomfort, it is time to seek professional help. At Guest House, we offer therapies and practices that will work with you to overcome your fear of discomfort. Meeting the individual needs of our patients is also vital to ensure the appropriate treatment for the individual. To learn more, call us today at (855) 483-7800.