Comfort Zones

Hello Everyone, I hope your Sunday has been well so far.

Today I’d like to briefly talk about comfort zones and why we should seek out new experiences at any opportunity we get.

The last couple of years have been quite stressful for us all and in some respect, life was put in hold because of the pandemic and all of the restrictions, so we couldn’t fully experience new things. I’m trying to explain that being out of your comfort zone is good, although awkward and uncomfortable in the beginning, your mind is learning new tasks and skills which is actually very beneficial for the brain.

For a while I hadn’t had any major new experiences, I worked at my previous job for almost 3 years which is actually quite a long time and I was very comfortable in what I was doing and used to that environment. Changing to a new job was a bit of a shock to my system and although it’s in a similar field, many things are different and I felt like I was learning all over again. As I write this, I actually think a part of me/my brain didn’t like the change and I had a mild sense of regret for leaving my old job and having to start again. It sounds a bit dramatic but that was my thought process, I’d been working somewhere where I was super comfortable and not really out of my comfort zones. I almost felt ‘uncomfortable’ in the new environment I wasn’t used to and had to work on myself to be confident in myself and my abilities that I was in the right place and truly belonged there. Now that I’m more used to the people, environment and roles, I feel more settled and I’m getting used to it.

Comfort zone definition: a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results.

Looking back on my last job, although I did enjoy many aspects of it, there was no real room for me to progress within that role as it was a very small team and my mind was becoming quite stagnant doing the same things every single day, with little change. Starting my new job has given me new confidence in myself and made me realise and remember how important change is for our mind.

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Benefits of Stretching

I recently realised that even though I sometimes practice basic yoga positions my body is not as flexible as I would like it to be, over the years I have become aware that there is a slight strain on my muscles if I try to do certain movements for example sitting down with my upper body folded over my legs. So I decided to set myself a little challenge to do the splits 🙂 I will be following the stretches from the Blogilates splits diagram which I’ve found to be very useful.

The benefits of stretching:

Increases flexibility

Improves your posture

Great for stress relief and relaxation

Blood is easier circulated to many parts of the body

Reduces the tension in muscles

Being flexible is a super important part of a healthy lifestyle and it is very easily achieved through consistent practice, I won’t set myself a strict deadline but I hope to be able to comfortably do the splits soon and then gradually move on to other challenging stretches.

                     

Daily Scalp Massage

Thought I would do a post to raise awareness to National Stress Awareness Day (which is today), it’s something that I find particularly important because getting stressed is so easy but it’s much more difficult to de-stress and find the right balance.

Massage your scalp daily for 5-10 minutes in the morning or night.

WHICH OIL?
avocado oil
Coconut oil
Castor oil
Grapeseed oil
Almond oil
Jojoba oil

HOW?
using the balls of your fingers, add any oil of your choice to different parts of your scalp and rub in circular motions.

Slow movements = relaxation
Fast movements = enhanced circulation in the scalp

BENEFITS?
Decreases stress
Conditions the scalp
Increased relaxation
Increased blood circulation to hair follicles
Boosts the strength of hair roots