5 Safe Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Do you feel stuck in your life? Don’t have any goals? Then, you may find yourself in the well-known comfort zone.
It’s the area in which we feel so comfortable, but at the same time so limited. Today you’ll discover some ways to get out of your comfort zone.
The comfort zone is formed out of our constant tendency to look for things that make us feel secure. That’s why we cling to whatever gives us this sensation.
However, this is very limiting. The comfort zone sometimes makes us depend on a job that we don’t like or a partner we don’t love because “well, it’s not so bad”.
However, over time this wears us down.
1. Write down everything you like to do
One of the ways to get out of your comfort zone is by doing something very simple. Take a notebook or a piece of paper and start writing down all the activities or things that make you happy.
You might like horse riding, reading, walking, going to the gym, skating, travelling, playing an instrument … Now the question is: Do you dedicate time to the things you like?
If you are in your comfort zone, you’ll probably notice that you’ve stopped doing many of those things that you like. Now is the time to recover them.
Grab that paper and start turning your writing into action.
2. Start taking care of yourself
Another way to get out of your comfort zone is to take care of yourself again. Because although you don’t realise it, your safe place limits you and wears you down so much that you’ve stopped thinking about yourself.
How long has it been since you last exercised? Do you feed yourself properly? Do you sleep when your body tells you to? There are surely things you’re not paying attention to.
Getting out of your comfort zone is difficult. Laziness is infectious, and you’ll ask yourself: “What good is all this?” Here’s the key. Don’t pay attention to this thought.
Think of yourself, take care of yourself, and you’ll see how everything begins to change for the better.
3. Socialise with other people
Our comfort zone sometimes isolates us so that you stop going out with friends or even avoid meeting new people.
It’s important that, once you’ve completed the previous steps, you begin to socialise with people who may be involved in things you do.
For example, if you like to play an instrument and you join a band, interact with the other members! Don’t close yourself off from the other members.
Moving in other friendship circles makes you insecure, but that’s a consequence of having been in your comfort zone for too long.
4. Reserve time for yourself
The fourth way to get out of your comfort zone is to reserve some time for yourself. Because, although it doesn’t seem very important, the truth is that it really is!
This can be linked to taking care of ourselves, because sometimes we tend to waste the time we have without taking advantage of it.
Reserve half an hour or an hour and do what you want. What does your body tell you? What do you want? Put your thoughts aside and let your heart guide you.
Thoughts may limit you, they will try to convince you not to leave your comfort zone.
5. Start questioning your thoughts
As you may have realised, the things that try to convince you not to leave your comfort zone are your thoughts. That’s what tells you that you’re safe there and that nothing bad will happen to you.
However, do you know if they’re really true? As in other facets of life, why don’t you try to challenge them?
You’ll discover how mistaken these thoughts are and how many beliefs swarm through your mind.
It is time to relativise all this and start living without fear.
We hope that these ways to leave your comfort zone will help you or give you some clues on how to improve your life.
We also encourage you to be aware that there are many fears and uncertainties that we feed by staying in the comfort zone.
Do you really want to continue like this?
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- Henry, Alan. “The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should).” Lifehacker. Lifehacker.com, 03 July 2013. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.
- White, Alasdair. From Comfort Zone to Performance Management. N.p.: White & MacLean, 2009. Print.