Six ways to get out of your comfort zone

1. Do one thing you’ve always wanted to :If you have a bucket list of things you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to, you’re not alone. Many people have so-called bucket lists filled with meaningful experiences and goals they want to fulfill. Challenge yourself by picking one thing you’ve always wanted to do and doing it. It can be anything from learning how to play the piano to learning a new language or running a marathon.

2. Take on a fitness challenge :According to YouGovAmerica data, being healthy was the top goal for US adults in 2021. Take a 30-day fitness challenge like running or cycling. Fitness challenges not only expand your comfort zone but also improve your physical health and well-being. Studies show that regular exercise reduces the effects of stress on the body, reducing anxiety levels. This makes it easier for you to try things outside of your comfort zone, because one of the barriers to stepping outside of it is the feeling of anxiety that it triggers.

3. Change up your routine :A routine built on good habits gives people stability and helps them function. But when one becomes too cemented in their daily routine, they begin to feel like they are running on autopilot. One way to break out of that rut is to shake up your routine with some spontaneity. For example, say you work remotely from the comfort of your home office every day. Change up your routine and try working from a cafe or another place in your home a few times a week.

4. Expand your professional skillset:Comfort zone can get in the way of your professional growth. For example, feeling too comfortable in the role you’ve played can hold you back when you need to advance in your career. One way to leave your comfort zone is to learn new skills that give you a competitive advantage and make you more employable. Use your organization’s learning and development resources to develop yourself with skills that are in demand in your industry.

5. Choose a fear, and face it :You have to be brave to step out of your comfort zone. To be brave is not to overcome fear but to move forward in spite of it. Pick a fear that is currently holding you back and face it. You can start with something small. For example, if you’re afraid of public speaking, practice speaking more in work meetings and join a local Toastmasters club.

6. Travel somewhere new :Traveling is one of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone. It’s not only fun, but also eye-opening. If you go to the same beach resort every holiday, choose a completely new destination the next time you travel. Exploring a diverse environment, language and lifestyle is one of the most rewarding experiences as it offers new perspectives and challenges your thinking. Travel also exposes you to the natural wonders of the world and gives you a deeper understanding of nature and the environment.

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