We do things the same old way because it’s comfortable. But the risk in staying firmly inside our comfort zones is that it creates psychological barriers that can lead to real limitations, Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.
Here are some ways to break out (and expand) your comfort zone without going too far:
- Do everyday things differently. Take a different route to work. Try a new restaurant without checking. Recalibrate your reality. Whether the change you make is large or small, make a change in the way you do things on a day-to-day basis.
- Take your time making decisions. sometimes slowing down is all you need to make you uncomfortable—especially if speed and quick thinking are prized in your work or personal life. Slow down, observe what’s going on, take your time to interpret what you see, and then intervene. Think, don’t just react.
- Trust yourself and make snap decisions. We’re contradicting ourselves, but there’s a good reason. Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, others are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over again. Sometimes, just to get things moving. Doing so can help you kick start your personal projects and teach you to trust your judgement. This is very important because it helps break the cycle of wanting to be perfect.
- Do it in small steps. It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don’t be afraid to start slow. If you’re socially anxious, don’t assume you have to muster the courage to ask your crush on a date right away, just say hello to them and see where you can go from there.Identify your fears and then face them step by step.