How to Ease Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

We're not the biggest fans of clichés.

Though they're often seen as endearing, we find them to be overused and almost meaningless. There is, however, one that's stuck with us through the years, inspiring us to live our best lives.

That cliché is, "life begins where your comfort zone ends."

Most people tend to stay in a bubble of contentment, being careful not to stray from the convenient path laid before them. But that's not really living now, is it?

If you really want to experience all life has to offer, you have to get out of your comfort zone. And though it may seem easier said than done, there are a few simple ways you can ease yourself out of it. Scroll below to find out what they are!

Do Your Everyday Routine Differently

Most of us have an everyday routine we follow to a T. We seldom ever switch it up, because we're used to it being done a certain way and don't see the need to change it. But doing so causes us to get locked into our comfort zones, even though we may not realize it. So the quickest way to force yourself out of this is to do things differently than you normally would. There's no need for a drastic change to your routine, but switching it up a bit will help you accept change.

If you brush your teeth then wash your face in the mornings, do the opposite the next day. If you always do your math homework first, try starting with your history homework once. If you've never worked out in the morning, make it your day's new kickstart. It's all about just being aware of your typical regimen and discovering simple ways you can mix it up.

 

Try Something You've Never Done

We're not talking about going skydiving or bungee jumping as soon as you can—it doesn't need to be that extreme. This is all about trying something, anything, new and different that you've never done, or at least haven't done for the longest time. If that really is skydiving for you, then by all means, go for it. But if the first thing that comes to mind is participating in a karaoke contest or trying a new food you've never had, find a way to make it happen.

There are so many excuses you can come up with for not doing these types of things, so throw caution to the wind and just do it. You'll find life a little more comforting when you're able to do things that tend to scare you. We know it sounds weird, but it's the honest truth.

Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Midnight Sun

(Midnight Sun via Global Road Entertainment)

 

Pick Up a New Hobby

When we aren't naturally good at things, we tend to shy away from ever wanting to do them again. We let the fear of striking out keep us from playing the game far more often than we'd like to admit. But why? You might not paint like Picasso on your first attempt or dribble like LeBron James the first time you pick up a basketball, but that shouldn't stop you from embracing a new skill you've always wanted to learn.

While some people are born with talent, others get there through hard work and dedication. Nothing good comes easy, so push yourself to take a ballet class, learn how to paint or join student body. You'll feel so much better knowing you at least tried, even if it didn't work out. Plus, it's another skill to learn that could help you in the long run.

 

Express Your Feelings

Telling anyone in your life how you feel is a truly terrifying experience. You don't want to hurt their feelings or face rejection or judgment, so this causes you to keep to yourself and work things out on your own. Let's not kid ourselves, we know hiding our feelings from our loved ones doesn't always work out too well.

The next time your friend upsets you, tell them. When you notice yourself crushing on someone, make it known. It sounds so scary, but you can do it. Not to mention, you'll gain so much more confidence in yourself for being able to share how you feel.

Elle in detention in The Kissing Booth

(The Kissing Booth via Netflix)

 

Revamp Your Style

One of the easiest ways to get out of your comfort zone is to change up your look. You could cut your hair even shorter, dye it a drastically different color, switch up your makeup routine or start rocking a totally different wardrobe. You don't need to do all of these things at once, nor should you. Simply, do what feels right to you.

Make sure it is a bit of a dramatic change though—and not just wearing a white top one day when all you wear is black or only trimming your hair a quarter of an inch. Not only you, but everyone around you, should be able to notice a stark difference in your look.

 

Limit the Amount of Time Spent on Your Phone

You'd be lying if you didn't think you spent too much time on your phone. In this day and age, it's just about everyone's weakness. It's so easy to get caught up in what's happening on the world wide web, that many of us start to live for social media. We think about what to do based on how many likes it'll get on Instagram or how many people it'll make jealous on Twitter.

When you spend some time away from your phone, it forces you to think about what's really important in your life. You'll find yourself starting to do things that you feared your peers would deem "lame" or "stupid," because you no longer care what they think. Rather than living for someone else, you'll be doing things that make you happy. Isn't that what life's all about in the end?

Cheryl showing Veronica video on her phone in Riverdale

(Riverdale via The CW)

 

Trust Your Gut

A lot of us believe we have faith in ourselves, when in actuality, we don't. We tend to ignore our gut feelings, out of fear that doing so will mess with your regularly scheduled program. But if the status quo isn't working for you and you know it, why ignore your instincts? Trust yourself and understand that you will always be the only one who will truly ever know what's best for you, so don't ever doubt yourself and allow yourself to be easily influenced by those around you.

 

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