I’m a creature of habit, so when I get into a routine I like to stick with it. I used to be really bad about stepping out of my comfort zone and not doing anything new. I know this probably has to do with my anxiety, but I just really get cozy in what’s familiar. I think that’s totally normal.
Last year I vowed to say yes to new opportunities and do things I wouldn’t normally do. And I’ve been having a total blast! I can’t believe I didn’t get out of my comfort zone earlier. If I had stayed in mine, I wouldn’t have moved to New York and I wouldn’t be writing to you!
I saw this list on Thought Catalog and wanted to make a list for y’all of some ways you can get out of your comfort zone:
1. Institute a culture day. My roommate and I have “Culture Sundays” and we go explore a new part of town or do something that will bring culture to our lives like going to a museum. It’s super fun and you can learn a lot.
2. Eat a new food. This could be a new restaurant or some funky looking fruit at the grocery store. When I tried sushi for the first time, it basically changed my life.
3. Try out for a team. Go out for soccer or field hockey or lacrosse or cheerleading even if you’ve never played before. If you’re already on a team, consider trying out for another sport in your off-season. Being on a team is a great way to make friends and learn the value of teamwork. Plus activities are fun!
4. Go a week without using Facebook. I know, this one’s really tough. I’ve done this a few times, especially during exams or weeks when I had a big project. It’s so refreshing to not be on social media for a while.
5. See a movie by yourself. I used to be so afraid to go to a movie theater alone because I didn’t want to look like a loser. Well once I tried it, I was obsessed. There’s no one next to you trying to ask you questions. You don’t have to deal with a boy trying to make out with you the whole time. It’s so nice to just sit in a big dark room and enjoy a movie by yourself.
6. Hang out with an old friend. You have a friend group that you’re with all the time, and you might have lost touch with someone else. Call up your old bestie and get together. It might not be the same, but it’ll be nice to reconnect!
7. Eat at a restaurant alone. Similar to watching a movie by yourself, but different than hanging out at Starbucks for the day. I never used to eat meals alone, but I’ve seen a lot of people in the city doing it so I tried it out. I’ve just chilled in a booth all alone with my yummy food and a book and it’s really awesome. You don’t have to worry about eating in front of another person (which can be so awkward!) or having to talk in between bites.
8. Ask someone out. Scary, I know! But you don’t need to wait for that cute guy from Algebra to ask you to hang out. You can totally do it.
9. Try a new hairstyle. This doesn’t mean you have to get it cut. You can switch your part to the other side if you want. I change my hair all the time and it’s such a refreshing feeling because you actually feel like a new person.
10. Learn how to do something. It can be anything. You’re used to doing the same activities and hobbies so try something totally out there like Capoeira or parkour.
Have you done anything that was out of your comfort zone? Are you afraid to step out of yours? Tell me in the comments!