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5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

We get it. It’s Winter. It’s cold, wet, and you’re trapped in the cycle of getting up, going to work, coming home, dinner, TV, bed. Repeat. Lots of you will book holidays to escape this time of year. But what if you had a lifestyle that you didn’t need to escape from? Things that made you jump out of bed and get excited about without having to get on a plane and chase the sun to find happiness?

Here are 5 ways to bust out of the comfort zone you have created and change your perspective!

1. Become familiar with discomfort
Do one thing per day that makes you slightly uncomfortable..  It might be something as simple as wearing a different colour, trying a new food, complimenting a stranger, going a different way to work.  When you do this you will rewire your brain to become familiar with discomfort, and this is turn will help you to step out of your comfort zone more easily to do things you never thought you could.

2. Coach yourself
Ask yourself some questions: ‘What is the worst that could happen?  Could I survive it? What is the best that could happen? Are there downsides to staying where I am?’  This way of thinking trains your perspective, and helps you realise that some of your fears/reservations are actually mostly unfounded.

3. Say yes more
From an invite to an event you normally wouldn’t attend to a catch up with people you don’t see very often, before you make up another excuse as to why you’re too busy stop yourself. Say yes. Some things are life changers and you just never know what chance encounter is around the corner! New experiences, however small, are wonderful ways to keep you engaged with the world and wanting more.

4. Unplug
In today’s tech society, we have become reliant on having instant access to information and social networks…. Think of how often you just ‘glance’ at Facebook or other apps, you’ll find that you are doing it without even realising. When you are mindlessly performing a task with no goal you are not present. It can be uncomfortable to turn off, but disconnecting from your phone and internet can spark a true connection with others, and give you time to reflect.

5. Get physical
There’s a walk around the block, then there is that feeling when you wake up the next day and your muscles are sore. We’re not talking crippling, can’t get out of bed type sore, but that slight discomfort….. which means that your body achieved something! Embrace this discomfort and know that it’s a sign your body is progressing and becoming stronger. Learn to love to challenge yourself.