Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about my comfort zone, what it is, and what it means for my life. We all have these little spheres of comfort where we feel safe and happy, and we all tend to get stuck in these comfortable bubbles and forget to break out. It’s never easy to be uncomfortable, but it does pay off. It doesn’t have to be large scale either. We can step out of our comfort zones in small ways that have big results—here are some ideas.
Go to the movies by yourself
Going to see a movie by myself has always seemed like such a luxury to me: you have a whole tub of popcorn you don’t have to share, you get to sit in a (hopefully) comfy chair for two hours, and you get to stay away from your phone for a while. Whenever I mentioned this desire to people, they always said it seemed sad—it isn’t! It’s awesome! I recently saw a movie by myself for the first time, and I absolutely loved it. It works especially when there’s a movie no one else wants to see with you. Why should you wait months for it to be released elsewhere? Treat yourself to a movie, and forget what other people are saying or thinking!
Wear an outfit you love but don’t think you can “pull off”
Something I hear a lot from friends is that they don’t think they can “pull off” a new trend or a dress they love, and it makes me sad. I really think that anyone can look good in anything if they have confidence, which is why I tend to push myself to wear things that are out of my comfort zone, like deep v-neck tops or OTK boots. I tend to dress a teeny bit on the conservative side just because it’s my comfort zone, so dressing a little sexier always requires some bravery for me! After I try wearing something new, I usually feel a burst of new confidence, and it’s so worth it.
Try a new recipe
This year, one of my resolutions was to cook more and to learn how to cook more things, and I have only done that a teeny bit. I did learn how to make buttermilk fried chicken and cheese grits from scratch, and I was so proud of that. I definitely want to step out of my cooking comfort zone and try new recipes. Next on my list is Indian curry!
Take a class in something new
I love doing this! I was always afraid of going to a class but in recent years I’ve tried it and love it so much. My favorite classes I’ve taken are ballet (without ever dancing a day in my life before) and pottery (which has turned into a passion). It took a whole lot of guts for me to walk into a ballet studio knowing nothing about it (basically) and I loved it so much that I am going to keep taking classes for as long as I can. There’s nothing like learning something new to enrich your life and make you happier.
What are some ways you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone in the past?