Why You Need To Break Out Of Your Comfort Zone

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 So today's post is advice I really need to start taking. As I mentioned in my recent post, How I'm planning on spending lockdown 2, 2020 has really been a comfort zone year for me. I've not pushed the limits of what I think I can do very much and so I've been left feeling quite unfulfilled. And that's the thing with your comfort zone, however appealing it may be to stay in it, because it's where we feel safe, not a lot really happens when you're living in your comfort zone 24/7, which is why I wanted to write today's post all about why you need to break out of your comfort zone.

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When learning, we exist in either one of these three zones: our comfort zone, our stretch zone and our panic zone. Our comfort zone is where we feel safe and it may look different to different people, but imagine you're curled up watching your favourite show on Netflix, with no pressure to do anything or be anything, you're at ease in the moment you're in. Our stretch zone is where all the good stuff happens. It's where we're stretching the limits of what we think is possible, we take risks and it's where we learn and grow and gain confidence. Our panic zone, put simply, is where it all gets too much and we panic and get too overwhelmed and stressed.

 

The goal here is to spend as much time in our stretch zone as possible. One of the benefits of this is that it'll make the time spent in our comfort zone feel more rewarding and as though we've earned it. Another great aspect of this is that our stretch zone is where we experience the most personal growth as we try new things, learn new things and gain confidence.

 

One of the greatest effects of spending more time in our stretch zones though is that as we do so, we find our comfort zone gets bigger. What do I mean by this? I can best describe it with a personal example. To begin with, doing my weekly food shop was very much in the stretch zone. It was new, unfamiliar and a cause of some anxiety for me. The more I did it, the easier it got and now a trip to the supermarket is just as familiar to me, while not as comfortable, as spending time on the sofa.

 

One key thing to remember is not to dive in head first into our panic zone as you'd end up spending the entire time trying to keep yourself afloat. You won't be in a position to learn new things as your body will probably be in fight or flight mode.

 

Now what panics us is a completely personal thing. For me, it would take time to build up to being able to go on a train by myself and be in a busy train station. (A lot of time to build up to it, I must add). Whereas going somewhere in the car to new places is completely okay and just pushes the boundaries of my comfort zone enough so that I learn things along the way.

 

So, that's how and why you should break out of your comfort zone. I hope this helped, if you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments section below and I'll do my best to answer them.

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5 comments

  1. I think a lot of people are hiding out in their comfort zones during this pandemic. Personally, I find myself jumping back and forth between my comfort and panic zones. I'm am definitely struggling to get to my stretch zone. Thank you so much for this post, it helps!

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  2. Thank you for sharing these tips, I definitely need to get out of my comfort zone and try new things- I think initial anxiety often puts me off trying new things but I love these ideas :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips. Will try to be less stubborn and move out of the comfort zone.

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  4. These are some great tips. I'm definitely one for staying in my comfort zone and really need to push myself to do different things.

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  5. Love this! Inspiring people to grow and develop is so important!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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