THE COMFORT ZONE!!

“Get out of your comfort zone! That’s the only way you will get out of this chaos in your head!” This is something I’m being told frequently these days. There is this weird feeling of confusion and restlessness that has been occupying the back of my head and I think it happens to many of us sometimes. We all feel stuck-up in our lives and face the dilemma and doubt of the direction we are heading when things seem to be slowing down a bit. 

Similar situations got me confused if I am doing things the right way and when I was told that I was in my “comfort zone”, I didn’t quite understand what it meant. I sat back and thought about it and read a bit of it here there and I found the concept intriguing. 

Comfort zones are places where everything feels so familiar and in control. It feels like an auto-pilot mode and takes less effort. 

One thing that is a setback about comfort zones is the fact that it hardly brings about any growth. And that is what makes it important to keep breaking them now and then. 

As human beings, it is our natural tendency is to look for safety and comfort and everything or avoid stress and anxiety doing any activity might bring with it. This implies that stepping out of our comfort zone may cause stress or make us feel anxious. 

But doesn’t every activity or task when we start it afresh make us feel nervous and bring butterflies in our stomach? 

And that little amount of stress actually helps us perform better. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little nervous about doing something. 

However, when we talk about daily life activities that cause that state of panic or worry, we need to figure out a way to deal with it. Sometimes, doing those activities might be very essential for us, and the fact that we don’t like doing it for some reason might cause us serious problems to us and that makes it very important for anyone to know how to break through that cycle of avoiding the activity every time the need arises and feeling worried about it again.

 So what should we do if we want to come out of the “Comfort Zones?” Well, I came across a few ways which might help us do that. Here they are!

  1. Understand your comfort zones. Analyze all the activities you need to do and why you don’t like doing them. Sometimes, we form opinions about a few things based on experiences we hear from others or our own experiences from the past. Your own experience might be very different from what others have seen. In such a case it’s not fair to judge things based on someone else’s opinion. Also, if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, there’s nothing wrong with giving it another try after a while. Maybe, it could turn out very differently this time!
  2. List the activities that you need to get yourself to do. There could be quite a few activities that we need to do but just keep procrastinating because it is not urgent and we hate doing it. List all those activities and work on each one separately now and then. It’ll all be worth it when you find that you actually did them better than you thought you would!
  3. Break the task into smaller ones. If the task is something that you’ve been dreading, try breaking it into smaller parts. Attend to each of them and that might make the task easier for you.
  4. See if you could do those tasks any differently. If you hate going to the gym to workout but love to dance, why stop working out because you hate the gym? Look for workout routines that are based on dance! This way you would do your task without having to force yourself to do it. 
  5. Don’t let emotions get the better of you. Our emotions or thoughts sometimes amplify the issue or fear especially when we are in doubt or when the situation is negative. They keep bringing up scary situations in our minds and cause us to put those tasks aside. Tell yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes or not do things properly or “perfectly”. Just don’t give up trying. A few trials regularly and you’ll already be better at it. Plus you’ll be a winner for trying and not giving up!

Another valuable point worth adding here is the fact that when we work regularly towards breaking our comfort zones and do various things that enhance our skills, it decreases the resistance that we might otherwise face. This happens because we have sufficient know-how to do various things and that makes it easier for us to adapt everywhere. It makes us flexible to a variety of activities and skillsets.

Sometimes we need to play with our mind to get back on track because our mind tricks us into believing the negative things around us or about us. What we need to always have in our mind is the fact that we might need to push ourselves a little to achieve more and not become complacent but we need to be careful about not exerting ourselves too much. 

If doing something makes you uncomfortable, it completely alright to quit doing it. Doing or not doing something a choice for us to make and making those decisions after analyzing our situations properly would help us progress better. 

I’m looking forward to doing all these small things and come out of my comfort zone. Do let me know if you’d like to do so too!!

Thank you so much for reading through this. Please share your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.

I hope you liked this article and I’ll see you next Sunday with another article. 

Until then…Toodles!! 

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  • M V Raja

    The first step towards positive growth is to question the status quo and once you start questioning the status quo, you have taken the step out of your comfort zone. While being in one’s comfort zone is not a malady, extended stays there puts you into a stage of stagnation.
    One way to beat the reluctance in moving out of our comfort zone is to keep extending the horizon of our comfort zone
    This is more relevant to the current times where you need to unlearn and relearn quickly to create new zones for your comfort