5 Reasons You Should Be Uncomfortable

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosyIf you’re like us, you like spending time outside. There’s just something about feeling the sun shining on your face and filling your lungs with deep breaths of fresh air that makes everything seem right. Of course, not everyone enjoys being out in nature. Some prefer a warm cozy bed and piping hot pizza to the cold hard ground and a sack full of granola. They would rather be comfortable, and that’s OK. Sometimes getting out in nature is uncomfortable. But sometimes it’s good to be uncomfortable. If you avoid spending time outdoors because you prefer comfort, here are 5 reasons you should embrace nature and get uncomfortable.

Being uncomfortable gives you a sense of appreciation

If you’re never uncomfortable, you start to take things for granted. There’s nothing like a week on the trail to remind your how valuable a warm bed, a home cooked meal, and a hot shower are. Being uncomfortable can make you appreciate something as trivial as a clean pair of socks.

Being uncomfortable helps you learn to endure hardships

Everyone endures hardship in his or her life, and some deal with more hardship than others. You don’t have the option of completely avoiding hardship in life. However, being uncomfortable can help give you the tools to handle hardship better. Grace under pressure comes with practice.

Being uncomfortable can teach you something new about yourself

Sometimes it’s good to be uncomfortable, because it forces you to do things, or think about things, in a different way. Getting out of your comfort zone can be a surprising experience, and it can teach you things about yourself that you didn’t know before.

Being uncomfortable can give you a sense of accomplishment

Whether you’re biking to work in sub-freezing weather or waking up at the crack of dawn to hike 30 miles of trail, being uncomfortable can be rewarding. No one will sing songs about your accomplishments, but as long as they matter to you, they’re worth doing.

Being uncomfortable can improve your mood

This may seem counter-intuitive. How can discomfort help you feel better? Not only will you feel better once you’re done being uncomfortable, but you will be better for it. And that’s a good feeling.

Stop by and see us in Faytteville, Arkansas for any of your outdoor gear needs! We can provide everything you need to stay comfortable while being uncomfortable out on the trail, at the crag, at the campsite, and everywhere in between!

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