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The Importance of Smashing Through Your Comfort Zone

Updated: Oct 6

Orange County Therapy, Boudoir Photography

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Why do we stay in our comfort zone? I don't know how else to say it but it feels comfortable, nice, and cozy! I don't know about you but ever since I could remember, getting out of bed has ALWAYS been a struggle! I'm not an early riser.. I love to stay up late but it sure causes problems when our entire family has to wake up early to get ready for school. To me though, that simple choice of getting out of bed is the first of many choices we have to either stay in our comfort zone, or do the difficult thing and push through it. It's actually a lesson that I'm discipling my daughter through, as she gets older: staying in bed sure feels nice and is comfortable, but you'll end up late for school! Just like in life.. staying in your comfort zone may feel good, but in the long run it will hurt you.


Dr. Abigail Brenner, a psychiatrist based in San Francisco, also states that your comfort zone "defines the routine of our daily life that implies familarity, safety, and security". When I was a math teacher, I used that same concept of familiarity, safety, and security to lay the foundation of a safe learning environment. By doing this, I created a learning environment where students felt comfortable to take academic risks (i.e. offering their answers to math questions even if it meant risking being wrong) and even volunteering to share their "favorite mistakes" in front of their peers for the sole purpose of improving the class community. But I digress. If we stayed in our comfort zone, we would slow our learning.. in class, and in life.

Yes, there's benefits to staying in your comfort zone:

  • Familiarity

  • Relatability & sameness gives you structure

Detriments on staying in your comfort zone:

  • Makes you complacent

  • No risk means no reward

  • Not growing as a person

Here are 5 areas that can get affected if you stay in your comfort zone:

  1. Progress and growth

  2. Your self-confidence

  3. Your mental and physical health

  4. Your relationships

  5. Your goals

So what does this have to do with therapeutic photography?

Well.. it's this: you've (hopefully) done other things to improve your mental health and well-being. If you're still finding that you are looking for another way outside of therapy to improve your mental health, give therapeutic photography a shot. Book a session and see how it improves your overall well-being!


When you step out of your comfort zone in this way, it will not only help you. The positive changes will impact how you love yourself, your spouse, your family, your children, and how you see others.


Read more on how our clients' lives have been changed by clicking HERE


What have you done for your self-care? Have you considered a therapeutic photography session to boost your self-esteem? I would love to chat with you! Give me a call directly at 657-224-0126. You can also email me at jason@jseboudoir.com. I can't wait to hear from you!


Jason


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Source: https://www.waldenu.edu/programs/psychology/resource/the-pros-and-cons-of-comfort-zones


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