Covid and Comfort Zones

I haven’t heard a mention of that terrible term ‘comfort zone,’ since Covid got a grip on the world.

I had serious objections to what I saw as a very ‘first world’ idea that we all needed to push out of our so-called comfort zones in order to realise our potential or find ourselves. It seemed to overlook the immense hardship that many people had to endure long before Covid struck: ill-health, poverty, abuse, grief, financial problems, natural disasters …..

Suddenly Covid came and it’s like it pushed everyone out of their normal round so fussing about comfort zones became redundant.

The thing is that when we finally get Covid under control, the old issues will still be there but I hope there will be far more understanding by the haves about the extent to which the have-nots often struggle desperately and that even having time to be bothered about comfort zones is a sign of privilege, albeit a very fragile privilege.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

12 thoughts on “Covid and Comfort Zones”

  1. A very thought-provoking post, Jean. I was trying to think of times I’ve used that phrase. Perhaps when relating to public speaking when I was doing Dementia care training and likely again when referring to attending events with lots of people I didn’t know. Now that I think of it, you’re right- those situations came from a place of privilege that I guess I took for granted. You’ve provided a great reminder.

    1. Hi Arlene, doing fine, thanks and I hope you are too.
      Yes, it has certainly changed a lot in the short term, at least, except for those who are unfortunate enough to have lost loved ones.

  2. thats a very interesting perspective and i agree.It is certainly easy to slip into a mindset that allows minor discomforts to be compared to actual hardships . Hopefully a huge wake up call is in order going forward.

  3. We would like to hope that all of this was not in vain. But the memory is short and once we get back on to the “Normal”, I feel we’ll be back to where we were.. the haves and the have nots ..We just don’t learn the lesson until it’s repeated time and time again..There are those who are still not convinced this is for real they live in a bubble and don’t adhere to what the right thing to do is..I call them rebels because they rebel against what is mandated to get us through this horrible time.

  4. Hi Jean,

    Thanks for another thought-provoking post. I truly hope that everyone will learn a lesson from this awful situation we find ourselves in. I am trying to be extra vigilant about practicing gratitude, being kind to everyone and trying to help my fellow neighbor.


  5. Yes Jean, fair comment indeed. It’s a phrase best used when aimed at someone most definitely coasting along and who refuses to submit to a bit of hardship or effort when necessary. There are many who would love a bit of refuge in a comfort zone.

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