BY CHRISTINA GREENBERG
“Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” -Roy T. Bennett
You might be thinking: “I’m in one of the most unbelievable time periods of my generation! Now does not seem like the time to go outside my comfort zone!”
You’re absolutely right. I hope you’ve been taking good care of yourself, giving yourself heaps of compassion, and indulging in those creature comforts that help these times of challenge go by a little more smoothly.
On the other hand, now might be the perfect time to try something new… something that might rejuvenate you in a different way.
Why? Because, in times of stress, humans tend to go back to their old patterns. For example, for someone who has been working hard to eat more healthily, they might find themselves reaching towards the cookies more often in times of stress. We humans look for comfort, and safety, in our old habits. How about you– have you found yourself slipping back into some old habits in this time of challenge and uncertainty? Could you use a “tune-up” to shake up your routine & find some much-needed rejuvenation?
Change begins at the end of your comfort zone, but you don’t always have to give yourself the butterflies to see a difference. How can you take a refreshingly gentle step towards something new?
Three Tips to (Gently) Step Outside Your Comfort Zone:
1.Listen to your energy levels
When was the last time you felt refreshed and fully charged? Your body has wisdom for you about what refreshes you; what is this wisdom for you? What little steps might you need to take to be living your most vibrant life? Even if it feels a little uncomfortable at first, your energy levels will cheer you on to the finish line.
2.Make a micro-change
Research shows that even small changes to daily routine can increase life satisfaction. Do you walk a regular route? Try taking a different path. Always buy the same toothpaste? Try a different one. Small steps outside of your comfort zone can make a big impact on your quality of life. What micro-change could you make this week to your daily routine?
3.Tap into the wisdom of your past
Your very best mentor is yourself. Think back to your past and ask yourself: What changes did I make in the past that worked well for me? Are you still doing them now, or could you pick a few back up? For example, if you journaled regularly for a while but have since slipped back into your non-journaling pattern, could you pick it back up for a while? Trying something that you know has worked in the past is a gentle way to step outside your comfort zone.
After this time of challenge and uncertainty, you deserve some rejuvenation. While it might be tempting to stay in the old patterns of comfort, invite yourself to a light dose of newness for a fresh take on life. It will almost certainly help you feel more energized & fueled for the road ahead.