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3 benefits of yearly visits to less comfortable places like the parental home

Manish Kumar
5 min readJan 6, 2024

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Staying in one place can sometimes lead to laziness and even mental fatigue, especially if the environment is tailored to your comfort. There’s nothing wrong with this; in fact, having things tailored to your taste helps you find mental peace, which is essential for progress in life. However, as the saying goes, balance is key. Too much comfort may not be beneficial for long-term sustainability.

This article is particularly useful for those who prefer staying in their comfort zone. I, too, was once such a person, but I now understand the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone.

I was raised in a challenging environment, so the life I lead now once seemed like a dream. Although through my childhood I worked tirelessly and deliberately to build a comfortable life for myself, at one point I got addicted to it.

In recent years, I’ve become so accustomed to an easy life that I find it uncomfortable when I visit my hometown. Initially, I feel frustrated, but eventually, I begin to see the positive aspects. This is something I’ve started to embrace more strongly recently. It’s important to balance a comfortable life with some challenges periodically.

Helps you get out of your comfort zone

I think I have already talked about it in the introduction section, but now let’s understand why it is important to come out of your comfort zone.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is a critical step towards personal growth, learning, and broadening your horizons. By willingly facing new and unfamiliar challenges and experiences, we can develop a range of important life skills.

Firstly, it provides an opportunity for us to challenge and push ourselves in ways we wouldn’t be able to if we remained within the confines of our comfort zone. This can lead to an increase in self-confidence as we overcome obstacles and reach goals we may have initially thought were beyond our abilities.

Secondly, stepping outside our comfort zone allows us to adapt to change more readily. In an ever-changing world, adaptability is a valuable skill that can help us thrive in various situations. By periodically placing ourselves in unfamiliar situations, we can become more comfortable with change and better equipped to handle it when it arises.

Lastly, venturing outside of our comfort zone can open up new avenues for creativity. New experiences can inspire us, giving us fresh ideas and perspectives that we may not have discovered otherwise.

Overall, while it can be uncomfortable and even daunting to leave what’s familiar, the benefits of stepping outside our comfort zones are substantial. By doing so, we can become more confident, adaptable, resilient, and creative individuals.

Focus on things which actually matter

Living in a place that isn’t tailored to your preferences can indeed be uncomfortable, but it also has its own benefits, such as enabling you to focus on more significant aspects of life. Here’s how.

When you live in a place that is very comfortable, you might start worrying about things that are not as significant as your mind perceives them to be. For example, living in your comfort zone might lead you to scour multiple websites just to save a small amount on groceries, which is hardly significant. You might also find yourself spending an excessive amount of time on social media, scrolling through endless feeds, when this time could be utilized more productively.

However, when you start living in a more challenging environment, you tend not to waste your energy on such trivial matters. You might find that you are less tempted to spend hours on social media because you’re more focused on overcoming the challenges at hand. This helps you identify what is truly important in life and assists in prioritising those things.

Upon returning to your comfort zone, you then realise that it is a complete waste of time and energy to focus on matters of little consequence. You come to understand that it’s better to sit idle or engage in leisure activities that rejuvenate you rather than wasting time and energy on low-value tasks.

Makes you strong

Moving to a less comfortable place can serve as a significant test of your personal strengths, such as patience, conflict management, and mental composure.

In a comfortable environment where everything is well-ordered, it’s easy for people to believe they’re patient and calm. However, the true measure of these qualities emerges in more challenging scenarios, where patience and conflict management skills are persistently tested.

There are generally two approaches to handling these challenges:

  1. You may choose to remain grumpy and irritable, a reaction that might initially prompt cooperation from others due to the tense environment, but this is not a sustainable solution for anyone involved.
  2. Alternatively, you can choose to manage the situation with grace and ease. While this response may be more challenging, it’s a healthier approach.

Choosing the second option not only helps you develop resilience and patience, but it also enhances your relationships with others, as you’re dealing with conflicts in a constructive and respectful way.

Final Thoughts

When individuals remain within their comfort zones consistently without ever venturing out, it can lead to an increase in laziness. This inactivity can negatively impact both their physical and mental health. Moreover, this behavior can also influence future generations, setting a precedent of complacency and lack of ambition. Conversely, visiting less comfortable environments, such as one’s parental home, can offer a different perspective.

While these places might not provide the same level of comfort, the experience can bring joy to your loved ones living there. It’s not about permanently relocating but rather about visiting such places occasionally. This infrequent change of environment can bring about a host of benefits, including personal growth and a renewed appreciation for your regular comforts.

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Manish Kumar

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