This past year I’ve pretty much been in hibernation, I used lockdown as an excuse to hide away from my anxiety but it wasn’t all bad – I did make huge strides in my recovery from mental illness. I’ve been working so hard on improving my mental health through journaling, improving my diet, exercising, meditation, practising gratitude, deep introspection and yoga.
I’m pleased to say I’m back on track now and I’m thinking more towards the future and how I want to go about building a life for myself that I’m happy with. I’m not saying the key to happiness is solely built on preparing for the future, no, I personally think it’s about finding that balance between happiness, joy and contentment in the now and excitement for what’s to come. I’ve learnt that a lot through my gratitude practises as the only moment we truly exist in is the present; if you haven’t read my post yet on how & why you should practise gratitude you can do so here.
This year, after lockdown’s over, I’ve decided to ditch my comfort zone and here’s why:
We exist in three zones at any one time – our comfort zone, our stretch zone and our panic zone. Our comfort zone is where we feel comfortable and secure, our stretch zone is where we’re able to learn and build and grow through experience and action and our panic zone is where we feel overwhelmed, insecure or unsafe.
The comfort zone limits personal growth:
Our comfort zone is either a literal place or a set of experiences and actions that we’re most comfortable with. Therefore, not a lot of personal growth happens in our comfort zone. My goal is to spend as much time in the stretch zone as possible after lockdown, I want to really push myself to live more, grow more and experience more of what life has to offer.
Living your life in the comfort zone tends to become stagnant after a while, so I’m adding in little steps to expand my comfort zone/spend more time in the stretch zone this Summer. That’s not to say the comfort zone isn’t important or serves it’s purpose, but spending all your time in the limits of your comfort zone can become quite boring.
There’s exciting and new experiences to be had in the stretch zone:
If there’s one things that lockdown has taught me it’s what I’m comfortable with and what I’m uncomfortable with in terms of going places and being out and about and what not. What I’m doing to work on this is slowly introducing new experiences into my daily life. I’ve been doing this for the past month or so and already I’m experiencing a lot of personal growth, a reduction in my anxiety levels and improvement in my overall happiness with life.
So, that’s why I’m ditching the comfort zone after lockdown. I hope this post has left you with a little more understanding about the comfort zone and maybe has inspired you to leave it behind sometimes too and lastly, wherever you are on your journey – I wish you all the best.
Until next time,