Feeling uncomfortable is a natural, human response. If you feel uncomfortable all the time, it can make itdifficult to do the things that are important in life. For instance, if you are constantly feeling self-conscious or worried about what others are thinking of you, life becomes almost unbearable.
What causes this feeling of discomfort? Sometimes it might be caused by “fight or flight” mode – your body’s way of reacting to any perceived challenge. It could also be due to anxiety or depression. Regardless of the cause of your discomfort, there are ways you can help yourself feel more comfortable. Below are some tips for how to overcome feeling uncomfortable all the time.
What causes discomfort
Some possible causes of discomfort include:
1. Fear of failure – Many people are afraid to try something because they are afraid that they will fail. When you don’t try, you are essentially saying that you aren’t willing to take risks. Try to approach your goals with a mindset of taking chances and not to fail.
2. Fear of rejection – When you approach life with fear of rejection, you are more likely to adopt behaviors that will make others reject you. Instead of worrying about how others will respond, focus on what you want to do, and make the choices that will make your life great.
How to overcome feeling uncomfortable
Pick One It’s okay to feel overwhelmed with the multitude of things you want to do and the many things you need to do in your life. It’s time to start deciding what you are going to be good at. While you are deciding on one thing, take care of one thing at a time. For example, you might want to decide what you want to write about, what kind of media you want to consume, what’s important to you and what’s not, and where you want to live. This way, you can allocate your time in your favor. Be Consistent Choose a goal and then commit to it. At times, you might not have a concrete goal. That’s okay. Start small, for example, by simply going for a 5 mile run on a daily basis. It’s easy to start making the wrong choices when you are feeling uncomfortable.
While most of us would never intentionally cause ourselves emotional distress, most of us probably experience moments of discomfort without even realizing it.
The first step toward becoming more comfortable with uncomfortable feelings is to acknowledge and respect the process. There are a few simple techniques that can help to make this a more peaceful process:
Notice your body in the present moment, without judgment or regret.
Reframe your experience as a learning opportunity, rather than an affliction.
Take a step back from the experience by making a few breaths and then engaging in a meditative moment.
Gratitude can go a long way toward helping you feel less uncomfortable.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness helps you learn to be at peace with who you are and what you’re doing, rather than comparing yourself to other people, worrying about what others think, or fretting about past mistakes. Mindfulness also helps you to see the good in others. When you are mindful, you may even find yourself to be a kinder, gentler person. If you practice mindful thinking for a while, you may find that you start to feel more at ease with who you are and what you’re doing.
Practice delayed gratification
Delaying gratification is an exercise in sticking with what is hard to accomplish, in order to see it through.
Find a trusted friend to confide in
Sometimes, even though you know what is causing your discomfort, it is difficult to say. In such cases, a trusted friend or partner might be the perfect person to tell what you are feeling. In a recent study published in The Journal of Psychology, researchers were looking into the link between perceived social support and well-being. This study found that feeling socially supported can make you feel more confident, relaxed and happy. When you feel socially supported, you are less likely to feel as though you need to mask your feelings in an effort to fit in. Furthermore, when you feel socially supported, you are more likely to have more trust in others and act out of character.
Feeling uncomfortable all the time is probably part of the human experience. Don’t let it get you down. Instead, identify the cause of your discomfort, and take steps to make your life more comfortable.