In Mzansi, we’re all about relaxing.
Let’s not forget that one of our national public holidays, Heritage Day, has picked up a second moniker – National Braai Day – proving just how high South Africans prioritise lazing around a fire with good mates and plates packed with meat. But eish, we mustn’t get too bogged down by comfort zones – the silent killer of growth and change.

A Personal Note on Comfort Zones

Let me speak to you about something close to home and heart: my comfort zones and how I took them apart. Here are three of my comforts zones that I have overcome or am busy overcoming:

  • Writing long blogs: watch this space.
  • A lazy, unfit existence: I have always been a busy person, but I used to occupy my free time with all the wrong things. As a pleasure seeker, I neglected my personal health on the pursuit of the unobtainable. Last year, I changed my life. Part of that led me to healing my overall health. I am now happily addicted to Mixed Martial Arts and running.
  • Not cooking for myself: I am living on my own after having come out of a long-term relationship wherein my ex-partner always cooked for us. Before that, I had a Jewish mom shamelessly lobbing food down my throat. I have started cooking for myself out of sheer necessity for survival – and bada-ba-ba-ba, I’m lovin’ it.

Overcoming these Killer Comfort Zones

Defined as a psychological state wherein someone feels at ease and in control due to the familiarity of the environment or people they’re engaging with, comfort zones are clawed onto because they allow us to operate at reduced levels of stress and anxiety.

A sloth in the comfort zone

While a stable level of performance is possible in the C-zone, why not push through adversity and reach for the stars?

We Embrace Discomfort at Oxbridge Academy

Studying might initially seem scary, but when you join us at Oxbridge Academy, you’ll see how we make the daunting seem easy – just like I’ve managed to make this blogpost three-hundred-and-fifty-words today.