Life — Making a Comfort Zone

Life is stressful. It’s important that we all have a physical place to run to when things start piling up and we need to take a breather. I think a lot of us already have what one may describe as a ‘comfort zone’, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not. It could be your bed, a certain area of your local coffee shop, or maybe a friend’s house or something. For me, it’s my computer. Now, a lot of people will tell you you need to leave your comfort zone in order to accomplish anything, but I disagree wholeheartedly. Besides, this post isn’t about productivity, it’s about making sure you’re comfortable. I think individualistic cultures hold too much value on maximizing productivity and superiority. So, that being said, where do you relax?

Often, the area that makes you most comfortable is dictating by circumstance rather than choice. My area is my computer simply because it’s the area where I’m most free to be both alone and myself (since I have good headphones that cancel a lot of sound and, sharing a bedroom, it’s the only place that is really “mine”). But as these areas can serve different purposes, they can be used for different things, too. Maybe you like going to a coffee shop because it’s quieter (or even louder!) there. Or maybe it’s easier to focus on being productive when you’re not at home.

You probably have a place like this, and I’d doubt you would have to think hard about it to know what it is. But it’s also a good idea to not only personalize this area, but in order to maximize the comfort and relaxation you get out of it, you need to think about the things you like in order to help yourself out. For me, I like organization, but I’m also a little lazy. But I feel a lot more comfortable at my computer after I’ve taken the time to clean my desk area and throw away the things I need to. I also don’t like stagnation, so every few months I’ll rearrange the decorations on my desk so it still feels like a new place every once in a while.

But of course, everybody’s different. The key thing here is to think about what would make your comfort zone even more comfortable than it may already be. If it’s that place in the local coffee shop that you go to a lot, you may not be able to “personalize it”, but maybe you can ask the people that work there if you can donate an extension cord so you can finally hang out and have an accessible outlet! Unconventional? Sure, but you can also make sure it won’t get stolen by possibly having the employees there tape or staple it in place. Most people will be kind to you if you show them kindness first, so remember to ask politely!

But there’s no way any place can be perfect. Just remember to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible when you’re taking time to relax, and take measures to improve that relaxation for the future. Your future you will certainly thank you for buying a mug warmer you can use as a coaster, or buying a mini fridge so you don’t have to leave the room to get another glass of eggnog. It all depends on how willing you are to make your future you more relaxed!

3 thoughts on “Life — Making a Comfort Zone

  1. Hmmm, this is weird to think about.

    I’ve lived in a lot of places, and been in a lot of places that mean a lot of different things to me. There’s also a huge difference between “having your room at home with your parents” and “having a home that is your place, so every room is your room.” I hadn’t thought about that until just now.

    Places that have generally filled me with overall feeling of “home” and “comfort”
    1) Grandma and Papaws, specifically the living room.
    2) The den the Whittier house. Specifically the PC desk next to the “in-house-window.” (I was coming up with a blank as to “why” this location: it was when I first a) discovered video game remix music, b) started Diablo 2, and c) shares a similar location to when I got my piano and actually recorded a song).
    3) My room in: Birch house, Royer house, and strangely enough, Justin house though I did not actually have a room.

    Right now? I don’t really have a spot like this. It’s like my entire house loosely serves the function so I’m not stressed out or anything. That, and I have some, what I suppose could be called “daily rituals” that keep me grounded.

    I totally should rebuild a comfort zone for myself though – maybe I could even do things like write or program if I had one!

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    1. I think that will help a lot! As for the Justin house, I’d attribute that feeling to the fact that we as a family spent a lot of time there. We played Rock Band, hung out with friends, etc. A lot of memories happened in that “room”, even for me!

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      1. But that’s just the thing! That’s the opposite of a comfort zone for me. Heck, I spent a lot of time really sick in that room (yay bronchitis for months!). But on the other hand, maybe that also plays a part into it?

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