Humans are creatures of habits. We have our routines, and after a while, we tend to keep doing the same things over and over, year after year. It happens to everyone; we’re all guilty of it.
This state of being is known as your comfort zone. As humans, we begin to enter our comfort zone slowly over time and in some instances, it can be healthy since it’s where most people feel safe and secure. On the flip side, staying in your comfort zone and rarely venturing out of it can hinder your personal development and prevent you from experiencing new things in life.
Although you may not want to hear it, getting out of your comfort zone will improve the way you live your life. Here are 10 benefits that you can enjoy if you take the leap of faith and try those things you’ve always wanted to do but never have.
1. It can change your life
While that might sound dramatic, exiting your comfort zone on occasion can open new doors to experiences and possibilities that otherwise may have never appeared. Having new experiences can happen in so many areas of your life (such as professionally and personally), so next time there is an opportunity to say “yes”, remember that it might be one of the best things you ever did.
2. An increase in self-confidence
One of the best feelings in the world is taking on a challenge and proving to yourself that you can do it. No matter how big or small it may be, jumping in headfirst and giving it a real go can go a long way in increasing your self-confidence.
Along with making you feel better about yourself, an increase in self-confidence can also ward off those unwanted feelings of insecurity and other mental health challenges that nobody likes to experience.
3. Making new friends
While there might not be anything wrong with your social circle, making new friends can significantly benefit your quality of life. If you try something new (such as joining a sports team or community group), you can meet a wide variety of people that you otherwise would never get the chance to.
You can learn from them, and they can learn from your experiences too. Making new friends is one of the best ways to get more out of life, so if you have the chance to do so, it’s well worth it.
4. You’ll be more productive with your time
Too much stress is never a good thing, but being in our comfort zone can shut down productivity in many areas of our lives. By breaking out of this cycle and setting some challenging goals and deadlines, you can find the motivation to get stuff done and use your precious time as wisely as possible.
If you face challenges with being productive at work or in your home, try making a realistic task list of what you want to accomplish each day. By doing so, you can be motivated to finish your tasks so that you can enjoy some stress-free downtime after they have been completed.
5. Find new hobbies
Are there any activities in the back of your mind that you’ve always wanted to try, but for some reason, you never have? Your comfort zone may have caused this feeling, and by addressing it, you can gain the strength to go and try new things. Even if you don’t enjoy your chosen hobby as much as you thought, the fact that you went and tried demonstrates that you are capable of escaping your comfort zone, which in itself is a huge, positive step in the right direction.
6. Enjoy an increased preparedness for what life has to throw at you
Sometimes life can be unpredictable. You can be travelling on a particular path, and then for better or for worse, a fork in the road can appear that takes you somewhere you weren’t expecting. If you have previously experienced the feelings that can arise when you exit your comfort zone, you will be much more prepared for any new challenges that appear out of nowhere. Navigating the ups and downs of life will become much more bearable, and you’ll be able to help others close to you that are facing the challenges that come with unexpected change.
7. Be more in touch with who you are
Self-love isn’t just a buzzword; it does lead to an increased quality of life. Getting outside your comfort zone is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself. You can learn to quickly identify how you feel in certain situations, your strengths and weaknesses, and what you really enjoy doing.
When you are in touch with yourself, it can also help you choose who you want to spend time with. If you really know what makes you tick as a person, you can limit the outside factors that can sometimes dilute our judgements so that you can continue on a positive life path.
8. Life can be more interesting
Are you looking for some more excitement? It may sound simple, but one of the best ways to feel invigorated is by trying new things, which means putting yourself out there when your brain sends signals to retreat back to safety. When you spice up your life, you can gain a more positive outlook and be more fun to be around, which means your friends and family will love spending even more time with you.
9. You can become more creative
A by-product of trying new activities and developing new skills can be becoming more inspired and creative.. This is especially true if you face challenges with the new things that you are trying since frustration tends to make us more creative.
10. Experience growth like never before
No matter what you do, the risks taken by leaving your comfort zone will result in you changing and undergoing essential growth experiences. Remember that even if the new things that you try don’t go as planned, you are still gaining more life-skills, knowledge and growing as a person. All of these positive changes have occurred because you chose to step outside your comfort zone.
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