The more we attempt to regulate our environment to suit our preferences, the less resilient we become in managing fluctuations when they occur. This week: practice weathering (and perhaps eventually embracing) small discomforts by doing such things as:
- not putting on the AC in your car when running a short errand around town
- eating a meal without being on your phone/laptop/TV
- foregoing your favorite morning beverage for one day
- doing something you’ve been putting off because you don’t feel like doing it
- eating something that you tend to generally avoid
- listening to a song you would otherwise thumbs down on Pandora
- doing something nice for a co-worker who you don’t particularly like
- voluntarily standing in the longest check-out line at the market
- walking much slower than your normal pace when going a short distance from one place to another
- not falling asleep with the TV on for one weekend
- intentionally leaving the house without your phone for a whole day (or 1/2 a day – or even 1 hour!)
- not using your phone to kill small increments of time (when stopped at a red light, waiting in line, in-between errands or bites of food…)
We’re becoming a culture unable to forge strong, intelligent relationships with our own selves – so quick are we to run, distract, intoxicate, ignore, and fight against even the slightest of uncomfortable situations. If we are incapable of managing the small stuff, how will we be able to sort through the big stuff, like dealing with grief and loss, handling stress, or going through emotional/physical/political/societal upheaval?
Valuable practice: Start small so you can work big.