Welcome to Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 01.2019. Beginning in the spring of 2018, I began writing a post on the last day of each month about activities I was doing that had me stepping outside my comfort zone. I like the definition of ‘comfort zone’ provided in the article “The Science of Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (and Why You Should)” on Lifehacker.com.
Simply, your comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. It provides a state of mental security. You benefit in obvious ways: regular happiness, low anxiety, and reduced stress.
Or, as it’s defined in the article “6 Reasons To Step Outside Your Comfort Zone” on the Huffington Post.
Our comfort zone is our natural, neutral state — a place where stress and anxiety are minimal, where we know what’s coming next and can plan accordingly.
Sounds pretty fabulous to me. Envisioning a big four post bed with a fluffy down-filled duvet and lots and lots of pillows. How ’bout you? I’d take that over some of the scariness in this big wide world.
But in my first post of the series, here, I talk a little about the benefits of trying something new, something that encourages you to s t r e t c h yourself. Bottom line: we should do it because it’s good for us.
This year, I want to really push the envelope. Not thinking sky diving or swimming with sharks. But I do want to take this series to another level. And I hope you will join me.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 01.2019
This month, however, I didn’t do anything too exceptional. Although, there were days in January when climbing out of bed felt like a big step outside my comfort zone. Here’s how that looked:
- Tubing (without an inner tube) on some baby snow slopes in Ruidoso, New Mexico with Brennyn and Cady. We were totally unprepared so bought a yoga mat at the dollar store, and used 2 pieces of a broken plastic saucer and a large planter saucer. Had a lot of fun.
- Made up my own Valentine’s Day craft. Just finished it today. Will share in the coming week.
- Took my mom to several doctors appointments, including those with her psychologist and psychiatrist, to a pulmonologist, for a CT scan of her lungs and lab work. The psychologist and psychiatrist appointments were tough.
- Moved the leftover furniture we weren’t using in my mom’s new apartment into one room in her old apartment. Found a poster my brother had made for my parents’ 60th anniversary, laid it out on the dresser to their bedroom suite. Snapped this photograph then said goodbye to what was left of the pieces of my parents’ life together.
So those were my adventures stepping outside my comfort zone, 01.2019. Glad to put this month to bed. But feeling a sense of contentment that we got my mom settled. Hoping to enjoy stepping outside my comfort zone in more enjoyable ways in this shiny new month.
What did you do, big or little, to stretch yourself in January? Big milestone or baby step, won’t you share in a comment below. Or link up your stepping outside my comfort zone post with us for all the world to see!
Welcome, February. Glad you’re here.