7 Ways to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Did you know there is a place where there is little excitement, minimal room for growth, and large amounts of boredom and fear? It’s called your comfort zone!

I think it’s time to stretch those limits a little! Not only will your life become more exciting, but you’ll also build confidence, meet new people, experience new things, and diminish fear.

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Here are some ways to start stepping out of your comfort zone.

Try Something New Every Day

Don’t be intimidated by this! When I say try something new every day I don’t mean bungee jumping one day and swimming with sharks the next. It can be the teeny tiniest thing: trying a new food, taking a new route to work, or smiling at strangers.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes the littlest changes can make the biggest difference.

Stop Comparing

Social media makes this one a little difficult, but it is doable. If you are constantly looking at your friends’ profiles and seeing posts like, “Just booked a ticket to Africa, leaving tomorrow!” or “So many great things happening to me; ready for this new chapter in life!” it can make your life seem dull in comparison and can be discouraging.

Comparing our lives to others is not realistic. Everyone has different opportunities, financial stability, and lifestyles. So try to not compete with others and just challenge yourself in your own ways. Here’s something to try: When you see pictures on Facebook of someone jumping out of a plane from thousands of feet, instead of being envious, ask yourself if you would even want to do something like that if you had the chance. Personally, I’d rather check swimming with dolphins off my bucket list!

So if you start doing things that are important and fulfilling to you trying new things will come a lot easier!

Take Opportunities

Okay, I’m guilty. There are plenty of times that sitting on my couch watching my backed up TiVo seems more appealing than taking up an offer to join a cupcake decorating class with friends.

But if you don’t start taking opportunities that are presented to you, then you might really be missing out. The next time your friends ask if you want to try a charity run or take an acting class, do it! You never know when that opportunity will come again.

Make a Bucket List

I’m proud to say my bucket list has hit three pages already! Making a list of things you want to do in your life will not only be motivating, but it will be a constant reminder of the things that spark your interest.

Not sure where to start with your bucket list? Here is a great website of bucket list inspiration.

Learn to Laugh at Yourself

One of the biggest reasons people don’t step out of their comfort zone is because they are afraid of being embarrassed or failing. But if you learn to be a little more light-hearted and laugh at things that don’t always go right, trying new things will be a no-brainer!

The next time you take a pottery class and your pottery wheel gets a mind of its own and your clay flies up against the wall (yes, this happened to me), just make a joke out of it and keep going!

Embrace Your Fear

Sometimes the fear of the unknown is a big reason for staying in your comfort zone. But the key is to turn that fear into excitement.

Have you ever caught yourself in the same boring routine? Or always doing the same things over and over again? Well the reality is there is no excitement in always knowing what will happen next. So embrace the mystery of the unknown and give them a try. The outcome could be life-changing!

Involve Friends and Family

It’s okay to have security blanket outside of your comfort zone. Having friends or family there to try new things with you will not only make you feel more comfortable, but also make you more likely to keep trying new things.

UntitledIf you want more tips on stepping out of your comfort zone or have questions about health and wellness, feel free to email me at MediaCLD@uww.edu and use “Health and Wellness with Heather” as the subject heading.