I’m sure there are those of us out there who refuse to change anything in our routine that may make us uncomfortable. But why does it feel this way? Why do we not want to try out new things? Here are a few tips on leaving the comfort behind and experiencing the little (and new!) things.
Ever go to a restaurant and order the same thing? Next time you head out for a bite to eat, either try going somewhere different or eat something you wouldn’t normally go for. If this is a little too much, ask a friend if you can try some of their food so you can order it next time. The key is small changes; changing what you eat can be the start of wanting to change up all sorts of aspect of your life.
Sit down with your friends and explain that you’re wanting to do something different with your time, or that you want to find a new past time that you can all do together. They will help you and support you with this new venture and will probably be feeling the same way. Try out ice skating for example, or plan a weekend away together. Anything that involves other people, so you can share the support. You could always climb a mountain by mistake like I did. That was fun.
Reviews, blog posts and articles can do a lot for one’s confidence. If someone has written about their trip alone to Paris for a weekend and they said it was the best thing that they ever did, who’s to say it won’t be the same for you? Perhaps even contact the person who wrote the article/review and explain that you’re wanting to get out of your comfort zone and whether they’ll have any tips for you. The more reliable information you find out about a place or experience, the less likely it will be to trigger any anxiety.
Surround yourself with positivity and you will begin to feel confidence in your actions. Doing something small that is different, like trying the new coffee at Starbucks or walking a different route to work, will slowly make you see that there is more to life than a routine. There is very little that can go wrong as long as you create the measures to be safe in your bigger, future ventures.
Comfort zones are simply routines that you are afraid to change. You may think that the change could result in bad experiences but you have no control over that. What you do have control over is how you will deal with your future. And if you don’t make decisions on what may be the greatest experiences of your life, well then you’ll never know.
Do you have a comfort zone that you want to break out of? Have you ever thought about doing something different? If so, what is it?