Review: How to be Comfortable with being Uncomfortable by Ben Aldrridge

Title: How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset
Author: Ben Aldrridge
Genre: Self Improvement
Publisher: Watkins
Publication Date: June 5, 2020
Page Count: 150

Rating: 4/5

** Thanks to NetGalley, Ben Aldridge, and Watkins Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **

While the the book was marketed as a compilation of activities one could do to exercise their mental strength, Ben Aldrridge provides an introduction of his journey of dealing with anxiety and briefly introduces some philosophies like Stoicism and Buddhism. It was really engaging and prepped me to read all the challenges that he did on his own.

The book was an easy read and provided a lot of inspirations to what I could do at home for self improvement and to practice my own form of stoicism.

Some challenges that I found interesting and would be interested in pursuing include:

  • Learning to solve a rubic’s cube
  • Taking cold showers
  • Learning to skip rope like Rocky
  • Having an outrageous clothes day
  • Making small chat with strangers
  • Learning a language (ie, I should probably brush up on my French or Chinese)
  • Rock climb (eventually when we’re out of quarantine)

Finally he ends the book off with some self-reflection, describing how the challenges have allowed him to acknowledge his self-imposed barriers and growing perseverance. The premise of the book is simple, yet reading all these challenges that someone has done successfully is quite inspiring.

It was a nice read and I definitely recommend to those who are looking for some challenges, whether it be mentally or physically. I think it will also provide some nice activities to do while passing quarantine 🙂


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