Picture yourself lying on your couch on a cold winter day wrapped in a warm woolen blanket. On the table next to the couch is a coffee table with a nice hot bowl of chicken soup spreading its aroma. On the TV is your all-time favorite movie. You are in the comfort zone. You feel secure, safe and stress free.
You are in the comfort zone. In the comfort zone there is no risk. Staying in our comfort zone is not a bad place. When we are comfortable, we produce consistent results and feel very little stress. The not so good part about staying in our comfort zone is that we never grow and are not able to perform to our potential. We never reach our peak because we never stretch ourselves beyond what feels normal.
The best way to get out of your comfort zone is to try things you normally would not do. For example, try a new type of food or restaurant, or drive home from work a different way than usual. Start with a small change that does not cause you too much anxiety or stress. This will give you confidence to move further out of your comfort zone. Once you feel confident that you can take small risks try something a little more challenging.
You may have always wanted to get in shape but were not comfortable going to a fitness center. Many people are intimidated by all the equipment and machines in a gym. They do not want to look like they do not know what they are doing or feel anxious about how they look. If a big box gym is too far out of your comfort zone, try a small personal training studio, like Strength for Life. A smaller gym can be less intimidating and is able to meet you where you are in your fitness journey.
Getting out of your comfort zone can be a good thing and improve the quality of your life. And the best part is that you do not have to entirely give up the couch, blanket, soup and your favorite movie. After you have moved out of your comfort zone for awhile, take a break and return to something that makes you comfortable before venturing out again. Go back and forth between comfort and risk for the best results.