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Three months ago we were living in a small, cozy apartment in a city that plays host to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Life was easy. We had a gym, a mall, the beach and a smorgasbord of restaurants all within walking distance of our home.

The problem with easy though, is that it quickly becomes routine. With nothing to challenge us, we found ourselves stagnating. Sure, we kept busy with things like work, volunteering, hiking and so on, but something was missing. We weren’t being challenged.

Rather than expanding, it’s as if our comfort zone was shrinking. Determined not to end up like my mother —who, in later years, refused to do much beyond go to the local coffee shop for a cappuccino and a slice of lemon meringue pie— I decided the time had come to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.


According to T. Harv Eker —who has a bunch of life-changing quotes— the only time you can actually grow is when you are outside your comfort zone. That’s good to know, but theory is nothing without action, so how do you actually get out of your comfort zone?

Turns out it’s equal parts scary and obvious. Essentially, you do whatever scares you. For us that meant quitting the lease on our apartment and agreeing to house-sit a permaculture farm for a month. Yikes.

The experience had us feeling uncomfortable from the get go, which in the past would have seen us running for the hills (or in this case, the farm gate). But we reminded ourselves constantly of our mission and while it was unimaginably hard, it was also rewarding in the extreme.

It showed us what we were capable of, something living smack in the heart of our comfort zone never would have revealed. We’ve since moved on to our next adventure and we’re more uncomfortable than ever. But, we’re also happier and more fulfilled than we’ve ever been.


While there’s always going to be a time and a place for saying ‘no’ to something, saying yes more often brings with it myriad benefits. Among other things, it opens the door to new possibilities, it attracts positivity and it forces you to stretch yourself.

Before embarking on our mission to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, we used to say ‘no’ a lot. We always had an excuse for why we couldn’t do something and it was invariably pretty lame. We’d say things like ‘We have to be up early’ to avoid going out at night, for example. Lame, right?

These days we say ‘yes’ a lot. Sometimes to big stuff —like pet-sitting in the ostrich capital of the world for four months— but oftentimes to regular stuff, like lunch and coffee dates. Not surprisingly, our lives are way better for it.


Our idea of discomfort will look different from yours though, so brainstorm some ways to step outside your comfort zone and do one (or more) of them today. It’s not going to feel great while you’re doing it, but that’s the point. It’s about finding out what you’re capable of.

Learn to lean into the experience and embrace it wholeheartedly. When the going gets tough (make no mistake, it will), remember the wise words of Abraham Maslow, “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.”

Finally, if you need a little inspiration to get you going, watch Luvvie Ajayi’s TEDx talk: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. As someone who’s made it her business to be a professional troublemaker, Luvvie knows firsthand what it’s like to face your fear and do it anyway. Also, she has really cool shoes.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-you-need-to-get-comfortable-with-being-uncomfortable.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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