I feel DISCOMFORT

Written by Violaine Guéritault, Ph.D.

What is it?

It’s a sort of feeling or thought that something is not quite right, it feels off and just doesn’t feel good mentally or physically. It makes you feel unsettled and wanting to make it go away one way or the other. It’s unpleasant but it’s usually not intense.

What is it telling you?

It’s telling you something about how you are reacting to your present situation or thought process. It’s asking you to pay attention to what you are really feeling uncomfortable about. Is it boredom, embarrassment, or impatience?

How to manage it?
  • Recognize it, acknowledge it, and name it.
  • Rather than to avoid it or ignore it, open up to the possibility of learning something new about yourself from this experience.
  • Embrace the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone – If you are able to be comfortable with feeling discomfort, then you can achieve almost anything.
  • Learn to let go of your expectations.
  • Identify where the discomfort is coming from and attempt to dissolve it by changing the situation or behavior especially if it is discomfort stemming from a negative situation