Escape the dungeon your demons have placed you in for a world of limitless possibilities.
Have you heard of Celebrity Escape Room?
If you have, good for you!
If you haven’t, well, good for you all the same!
Apparently, it’s about celebrities trying an escape room challenge.
Amazing, isn’t it? Hands up if you thought it was about aliens invading Earth.
More seriously, it’s a one-off show, hosted by Jack Black (who I thought is starting to look a lot like Hugo Weaving) on the occasion of Red Nose Day, a.k.a. Comic Relief, the well-known campaign that aims to end child poverty.
The show included Courtney Cox - remember Monica, from FRIENDS? - and, it revealed something personal about her.
Apparently, Ms. Cox suffers from claustrophobia.
Her demons are closed spaces.
You’d think she’d crack inside an escape room, wouldn’t you?
But no, she did extremely well.
She conquered her demons, and enthusiastically took part in the escape room.
By conquering her demons, by training herself to overcome her phobia, she carved out a path for herself to have an extremely enjoyable escape room experience, and do her bit to end child poverty.
And you can do it too!
Conquer your demons.
Why a blog on conquering our demons now?
If not now, when?
Besides, the world around us is changing.
By most accounts, the coronavirus will leave a lasting impression on our lives.
There might be a whole lot of challenges we will have to meet.
You will only be adding to your workload if you keep yourself bottled up within your demons.
Break free of your problems, and prepare to face whatever challenges may come with your maximum potential.
How to overcome your demons
There’s a reason they’re called ‘demons’.
You’re scared of them.
You’d rather just live with them, and settle for whatever kind or quality of life that results in, for you.
And that’s something you need to deal with, as the first step.
It’ll be tough, but you’ll need to pucker up and be determined to deal with them.
Think ‘I will do this’, not ‘I need to do this’.
Engage with your demons
Now that you’re determined to deal with this issue, the next step is to engage with your demons.
The demon didn’t arise out of nowhere.
It manifested itself as a result of something you did, or some trait you have.
Engaging with it helps you understand why it exists.
For example, if you have a phobia about working online, you need to think about why that is.
Try to work online from different points of access - your laptop, your phone, a friend’s laptop, and so on.
Do different kinds of work.
See where you’re getting that sinking feeling.
Put yourself in the discomfort zone
Now that you’ve identified your problem area - or, your discomfort zone, as I like to call it - the next step is to put yourself in there, and start overcoming your discomfort.
It pays to have a friend, someone you trust, with you, so you can depend on them, and be assured of a support if you feel things are spinning out of control.
Adopt an incremental approach
Don’t be rash.
Approach your problem area gradually, and in steps, acclimate yourself to being comfortable with it.
And this is an approach that’ll work. Whether it’s a fear of collaborating with people, or it’s a phobia of working online, or even an issue with learning a new skill, you can deal with it using these steps.
Of course, if you’re like Courtney Cox, and you have a phobia of enclosed spaces, once the pandemic, you can visit Huntington Beach’s premier escape room to place yourself in the discomfort zone, and overcome your demons.