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The comfort zone. The intangible, psychological boundaries you develop as you go through life. As long as you function within the confined comfort zone, life is good and dandy. All of your experiences will continue to be safe and comfortable, causing little to no worry. But, when you’re pushed outside of your comfort zone, it can generate a lot of stress and uncomfortableness.
Take making your daily cup of coffee in the morning for example. Imagine the steps you take to complete your morning cup of joe. Now think about getting a call to be the lead in a play. Really mentally put yourself out of your comfort zone and imagine having to go through with the lead role and what that experience would look like to you. Feeling a little uncomfortable?
According to The National Institute of Mental Health, public speaking anxiety affects 73% of the U.S. population. And depending on whether you regularly act in plays in front of an audience full of people, it would probably be uncomfortable for most of us. Whereas making your daily cup of coffee makes you feel safe. It’s something you’ve done daily and have been comfortable doing for quite some time now. But- is this type of stress that pushes you outside of your comfort zone a bad thing?
Did you know that there are forms of negative stress and positive stress? Eustress is positive stress. And we’ve all experienced it - these stressors can include pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, new experiences, or motivating you to reach certain goals. Healthline describes eustress as positively affecting you in these 3 ways:
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Roy T. Bennett
Most of us have experienced being pushed out of our comfort zone. From asking our first crush out on a date to asking for a raise or even giving a big presentation. It can feel stressful and there’s no way around it. However, if you stay in your comfort zone, nothing changes, you don’t make room for self-growth, and you won’t be pushed to challenge yourself.
Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is an opportunity that all of us have and few of us take. Here’s a look at some benefits we’ve found to be true of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone:
We’ve established that being pushed out of your comfort zone can cause stress, anxiety, maybe even sleepless nights. While it may be difficult to do, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is vital to self-growth. Xen by Neuvana is here to help you through it.
Xen by Neuvana works by sending gentle electrical signals via patented earbuds to a targeted branch of the vagus nerve in the ear. As a response, our body, brain, and nervous system work together, using neuroscience to literally “calm your nerves.” Research shows that Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) may improve sleep, reduce stress, boost mood, and even enhance your focus. By using Xen to stimulate your vagus nerve, you may make it easier physically, mentally, and emotionally to push yourself out of your comfort zone.