This week I want to focus on a “super prompting” I had this week. My husband called it a super prompting because it was something that I kept getting hit with over and over again. I am sure you have had your own super promptings as well. I knew it was what I needed to learn because I’m not very good at it. That is to “get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Because it was a super prompting, and I’m not very good at it, I came up with 5 ways to be better at getting comfortable when life isn’t comfortable. Along with my list, I’m giving you a FREE COLORING PAGE to be a stress reliever and a reminder. Keep scrolling down. 🙂
Life can be tough. For me, life is tough when your husband is in grad school so you don’t know where you’re going to be living in the next little bit, what insurance you’ll have, what job you’ll have, and if you’re car is going to survive another day. Adulting. You’ve been there. As I was contemplating all of this, I talked to a lady at church (click here to learn more about what I believe). Her husband just retired and they were looking for a place to settle down. It seemed to me that her stage of life would be so much easier than where I’m at right now. Well I was wrong. She told me about some of the things they were dealing with and listened to me talk about the things I’m dealing with. Then she said to me with the wisdom of her years, “You need to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I quickly jotted that down because I knew that was an important lesson I needed.
The next day, I was reading my friend’s blog. She just moved across the country all by herself to a state she’s never lived to start her PhD program. She wrote so eloquently about how it’s been tough to have to figure out everything by herself and start an intimidating program. But the lesson she is learning is to “get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Thank you for the super prompting.
So now the question is, how do we do it? How do we get comfortable when we feel defeated and just want to quit? Here is what I came up with.
5 ways to get comfortable being uncomfortable
1. Love yourself. I could write a whole blog about why this is important and how to do it. To keep it short, Lucille Ball says it all. “You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
2. Find your tribe. When we are stressed, it is important to have people around us that we can count on. People who make us laugh, people who have been there and can give advice, people who encourage and strengthen us. Have you heard of the “cuddle hormone” that combats stress? This video explains:
3. Learn from your mistakes. When we are uncomfortable in life, chances are we don’t know what we are doing. When we don’t know what we are doing, chances are we are going to make mistakes. Next time you make a mistake, instead of getting down on yourself, take what you need to learn from it and leave the rest behind. Here is a comedic video that explains this well.
4. Start a gratitude journal. When we start listing things we are grateful for, we can trick our minds to find the good instead of all the “uncomforts” in our life. You might need to start with 1 or 2 per day. Eventually you will find it becomes easier and easier.
5. Do what you love. Whether this is your hobby, something spiritual, something active, or something lazy, when you take a break to do something you love, you may realize that life isn’t actually all bad. You may not be able to do this thing all day, everyday, but by making time for it, you are proving to yourself that you matter. That brings me to the free printable I promised! Coloring can be so stress relieving. If this isn’t your stress reliever, skip the download and go do something for you. If coloring is your stress reliever, color away!
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: comfortablecoloringpage
Do you agree with my list? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!