“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there”
Most people try to avoid stress, because it is uncomfortable. Chronical stress is bad for you, but short bursts of stress are actually very good for you. In biology phenomenon, the term “hormesis” refers to beneficial effects to short-term exposure to a certain substance or stressor, such as improved health, stress tolerance, growth and/or longevity, whereas longer term exposure could prove toxic or lethal.
For most of our human history, we often needed to endure a variety of harsh environment, with little protection from destructive forces of nature. Fierce winters and burning summers, and if we don’t adapt to it, then we die. From the genetic stand point, our body changed to adopt to the environment and stress.
However, what happens when we take those stressors away, and replace them with our warm clothes, and comfortable temperature controlled buildings? Interestingly, living our lives in constant comfort and pleasure results in a decrease in our overall health and growth.
Have you ever felt better about yourself while training WingChun in a regular base? Challenging cells and body systems by mild stress resulting in us not only becoming stronger but effecting on anti-aging and faster wound healing. Mild stress-induced physical stimulation can help you to overcome challenges and grow stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally, even outside the classes.
The year of 2017 coming to the end. It was an eventful year, yet our future will always come with huge uncertainty. So, why don’t we reach out of our comfort zones a bit more. Let’s look forward to encountering even more challenges, stress, and pressures, in 2018. Eager to face your problems and eat them as breakfast. If it is too much to handle at once, maybe save some for lunch or dinner. You can eventually digest and make them part of yourself, and tough up. Remember, we are the ones evolving!
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
Sije Yuka Yoshioka