Importance of New Experiences for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients: Never Stop! Never Settle!

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Many who have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) thrive on a consistent routine, for the most part they are perfectly happy to do the same things day after day. It may seem like a strange thing, but the truth is there are many benefits to trying new things and having new experiences. Maintaining a routine is great because it helps you remain disciplined and committed which are two traits necessary for a CKD patient's success. For example, when you have to do a routine procedure such as avoiding certain foods, taking your medicine or dialysis treatments, you never have to worry about feeling the temptation to skip, as you will be doing the task habitually. However, if you are not careful, a strict routine can also hinder your enjoyment and your ability to lead a fulfilling life.

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Studies suggest that human beings fear an unknown outcome more than we do a known bad one. So, much of your apprehension of trying something new could be attributed to fear. What if I don't like this new restaurant? What if I lose my medication on the plane to that foreign country? Although we are all "afraid" of something (death, failure, incompetence, etc.), and a healthy sense of fear can be good to ensure you limit mistakes, fear also has the ability to keep us from branching out and trying different things. Thus, by trying something new you will gain more courage and confidence! Summoning these traits are in itself a benefit and once honed, will become your new best friend and provide you unexpected pleasure.  

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The new opens up the possibility for you to enjoy something different. It does not have to be something that makes you feel awkward or uncomfortable. In fact, you should strive to try something that enhances your enjoyment, not curbs it. This can be as simple as adding spice to your dish in replacement of salt, or taking a walk after a filling meal. Life is just more fun and exciting when you dip your pinky finger into small ponds and suddenly discover a love for something that you had no idea would capture your imagination.  

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Never do we grow by taking the same action we have always taken. Growth is a product of thrusting yourself into new situations, taking a look around and seeing what you think about it. A spirit of constant self-challenge and self-education keeps you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold dear. The bottom line is that the spirit to try new things is the same one that directs our self-improvement and personal growth.

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The end of everything is not after you die. So never give up. Give everything a try. Opening your mind to a new thing or a new way of thinking is often frightening because it is foreign and takes us out of our comfort zone. This often is the very thing that alerts us of DANGER but if you think about it, most of the things we fear don't actually come to pass. What's more, we are often unable to anticipate the good things that do occur as a result of our trying something new. So, encourages you to enjoy your life, branch out, and give something new a try. If you do not like it you can always go back to the routine.

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Reference: "Happiness in This World." Psychology Today: Here to Help.