Comfort zones … Leaving them!

Contributed by Bob Rawlins, oxygen user and consultant to CAIRE Inc. ~ 

A quick follow-up to or our last conversation about your comfort zones and how you manage them. Do you attempt to get out of them, stay within them always, or as I said last time, tried to at least venture out into the scary world of the unknown, LOL!

So as Labor Day has come and gone, and we enjoy the last days of some of the most humid and hottest days in the Midwest. Good riddance. So, what’s your plans?

What a perfect time to discuss achievements. This past Labor Day I thought on the contributions and achievements of the workers in this country who have made the US of A prosperous and strong – and a place of well-being.

So, do you share them? Not to brag, but share. Help others who you work with you, which care for you, their families, and your family.

I think this celebration tends to get taken for granted. Just another day off. But do you realize all of you that truly deserve it. Yes you.

You have been working hard over the years and I will venture to say, that while on this journey, you might be working even harder. I know I never thought it would be this difficult at times, no doubt.

Working for 40 plus years in the work force, caring for my children, caring for others and the numerous other things that I’ve worked hard at, could never have prepared me for this change in life and actually fighting for my life. So, can you see we have reason to celebrate?

Do something you might have been thinking about but weren’t sure or how to do it. Obviously, within reason and under doctor’s orders, please, but DO IT!! What are you waiting for?

So, go and buy that portable oxygen concentrator you know that will give you that freedom to leave your comfort zone, and celebrate! CAIRE oxygen therapy products can help and they will provide you with those needs.

Take that trip, go see that someone, whatever. Family picnics are huge this time of year. Go to as many as you feel up to. But celebrate your hard work, keeping yourself safe and in control.

So, science tells us that our comfort zone is your behavioral space that provides routine with minimal stress, and low anxiety.

Very important for all of us, healthy or not. But you still have to push yourself to maintain that level of comfort.

So, pushing yourself to do more things that have been approved by your doctors and fellow workers, I might add, is a GREAT THING! Yes, I said great.

It provides that accomplishment feeling we all like to sense when you complete that task. Even in the work force, I remember that feeling you get when your peers compliment you for your effort.

Do you remember the encouragement you got and still get from your caretakers and aides for trying your best to walk that next step or try that newest of tasks?

Celebrate this time no matter where you are in your journey of living. Time is so precious and sharing your experiences with as many as you can is so magnificent.

You never know what heart you will touch or the great feeling you have when someone touches yours.







– Coach Bob

Bob Rawlins, 60, of Medina, Ohio, is husband to Terese and father to their 13-year-old triplets, a soccer coach, a hospital volunteer, and marketing guru. He enjoys skiing and golfing with his SeQual eQuinox portable oxygen concentrator.  

If you have been prescribed oxygen therapy, learn more about CAIRE wearable, portable and stationary oxygen concentrators by visiting or calling 1-877-704-0878 to talk to an oxygen advisor. We also have included a convenient contact form below if you want us to reach out to you. Thank you. 

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