Wednesday, 30 March 2016
5 Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Often in life we become accustomed to a routine where we do the same hobbies and see the same friends for weeks on end. This sense of routine can often be comforting and familiar which is why we let it continue. Often when a traumatic event occurs in your life like a death or a relationship breakup that same routine can seem suffocating and you put steps in to refresh your life and step out of your comfort zone to make things feel better. You don't need to wait until something bad happens to change how you see life, you can step out of your comfort zone right now and in this article I'll show you how.
Let yourself go
Often people don't like to try new things because of how they might look. If you're not good at something you might think you'll look daft or stupid which will stop you trying something new. There are millions of people on this world and everyone's different. One person may be the light of someone's life whilst another may really irritate them. The point is everyone's perspective is different and you can't base your life on what people think of how you act. So don't hang around take up that new hobby whether it's archy or jumping out of a plane.
What's the worst that can happen?
Okay so if you try something new and absolutely hate it at least you tried. You might not like the new hobby you chose but it's another skill to add to your life CV and at least it's something to entertain with at the pub. It shows you have courage and that's a pretty good strength to have.
Face your fears
Some people never experience the beauty of the world as they're terrified of stepping foot on a plane for fear it might crash. Other people believe if they go on a rollercoaster they'll feel really ill or a catastrophic accident could occur where the rollercoaster falls apart injuring everyone (anyone seen Final Destination 3?). Whether it's big or small fear can really rule your life if you let it. Just last year I faced my fear of the dentist (10 years without a check up) and going on roller coasters with loops. Guess what? Nothing bad happened, the world carried on turning and I felt fantastic for facing my fears!
Get used to taking risks
I'm not saying you should go overboard and jump off a bridge without the right safety equipment, but minimal risks can really help you grow in confidence. People stay in their comfort zone because it's what they know and they're used to. Changing that and taking a risk is a scary thought as you could fail. Life is all about uncertainty and accepting that you can't decide everything that happens in your life. Start little, for example if you like to gamble you can have a little flutter with money you won't miss if you lose. Bet £20 and see where you go, you might win, you might not but you have fun and you're not losing anything in the long run. Over time you'll come to accept that bad things happen but that's okay because the good things are just around the corner.
Enjoy not knowing what's going to happen
Have you ever read a really good book flicked to the last page and then realised you've ruined the story. Like a good book excitement builds up when you don't know what's coming next and you're so eager to see what happens you can't put the book down. If you're always in your comfort zone you'll never experience the excitement of the unknown as you always know what's going to happen. So step back, try that hobby you've always been dying to do and let the butterflies fly.
I hope this article helps you if you're struggling with the monotony life can sometimes bring. Do let me know what new hobbies you've tried and how they've made you feel.