March 3, 2021
Doing things you have always done can be comforting and easy. Living comfortably within your familiar routines decreases stress and uncertainty. It provides mental security and is much less energy draining.
Brené Brown, a research professor and author, defines comfort zone as “Where our uncertainty, scarcity and vulnerability are minimized — where we believe we’ll have access to enough love, food, talent, time, admiration. Where we feel we have some control.”
The challenge is, Ms. Brown says, “When we get into times of social, political or financial instability, our comfort zones get smaller. The more afraid we are”, she said, “the more impenetrable our comfort zone buffers become.”
But let’s not demonize our comfort zone as something holding us back. Let’s look at the myriad of benefits stepping outside of your comfort zone can bring. These include:
Everyone’s comfort zone is different, and what may open your eyes may paralyze someone else with fear. So don’t feel you have to ‘keep up with the Jones’ in this space!
Here are some ways to expand your comfort zone comfortably!
It can take a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. When was the last time you did something for the first time?