• Bea Christiaens, Coach

13 Ways to Expand Your Comfort Zone

Updated: Feb 5, 2019

I am sure some of you have been told to get out of your comfort zone to have “once in a life time” experience. For some, it is not as easy as it sounds and may even sound scary. Don’t worry! There are a ways to get out of ones comfort zone in a friendly, more gentle way. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you complete the journey to making yourself free-spirited.

Expanding your Comfort your zone…and your Life.

1. Don’t Rush. Do it slowly. Major changes are the ones that trigger feelings of discomfort. For example, when you are told to run 10 miles versus doing just one mile can create different reactions or emotions. So how to handle this? Simple, set small changes or set smaller goals and increase over time. Give your body (the changing you) proper adjustment. Knowing that you are accomplishing minor to major changes is a great way to keep away discomfort.

2. Train your Taste Buds. Another way to easily get out of your comfort zone is trying out new food. For some, this may be difficult because of how picky they are but it wouldn’t hurt to try out something new. It doesn’t have to be the whole mean, it could be just a fruit or a just a drink. You never know, you might discover a new favorite dish!

3. Reading the opposite. If you favor non-fiction books, try reading a fictional book. If you are a woman, try reading a masculine type of book. Again, it doesn’t have to be a big change an article or short story would suffice. This will help you in getting out of your comfort zone.

4. Pass another way. Take a new route when going to a place you often go to. Traffic is a major cause in the Philippines so I wouldn’t suggest trying this out when going to work not unless you are confident enough to reach work on time. You can try doing this when you are under leisure time like going to the mall after hours. 5. Unplug. Turn off your phone, television, Internet or anything that connects you to social media. This is more uncomfortable than you would think. Trick: just be busy doing other things. That’s already getting out of your comfort zone. 6. Sit somewhere else. Do you have a specific place in the table when dining? Try sitting on a different chair. How about sitting in another couch spot? This an easy but sure way to start getting you out of the ordinary. 7. Talk to a stranger. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes. It doesn’t even need to be 10 minutes. If you can talk to a total stranger for 30 seconds, then congrats! You should feel proud! There are so much people in the world who you can practice with. 8. Get your boss’ review. Ask your boss to sit with you and give you review of your work ethics. It might do you wonders for your career and your personal life. 9. Apply for a higher position. You might feel like an imposter but who knows? You might end up with a new job or career where your bank account might also benefit from. 10. Reconnect to people. Just pick up the phone and call someone you haven’t talked to for 6 months. Just do it, it will do you wonders. 11. Travel, travel, travel. What better way to get out of your comfort zone but to do it outside of the country. If you haven’t been outside then you are in for a great shock. Different people, different culture, different food, but hey! If you get comfortable doing this then, lucky you. You are discovering the world!

12. Shake things up a bit. Do something that gives you a little but of fear like riding a roller coaster, doing a public speech or go skydiving!

13. Sit in silence. This is tougher than you think. Turn off all your devices; sit in one spot, DO NOT

daydream. Just be with yourself and see how you feel.

Expanding your comfort zone opens up numerous possibilities. Think about how your life would change if your comfort zone were larger. It’s possible to accomplish this without the pain you might imagine. Stretch your comfort zone a little each day.

Doing these things religiously can certainly expand your comfort zone. And WHILE you are doing it, the door to endless possibilities opens in front of you. To minimize the pain, just make those little steps as you go toward the greater changes.

#change #anxiety

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