Life moves at such a pace that it’s easy to fall into a steady but monotonous routine. Some people call it a “rut,” but we prefer thinking of it as a “comfort zone.”
Here are eight great ideas for breaking out of your comfort zone. They can be a great way to expand your perspective and even refuel your curiosity about the world.
- Cook something new for dinner. It can be a great way to expand your palette, and even learn a new recipe. Go way out of your comfort zone by trying a specific cuisine like Mexican, Italian or Creole.
- Mix up your music for a week. We all like certain genres and artists, but switching it up for a week can show us the perspectives of new singers and songwriters. Get some ideas from streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, Google Play or Apple Music. Who knows? You might even find a new favorite type of music!
- Take a whole day to be offline. This can be a major challenge for anyone who is tied to their phone, tablet or computer. But take a day to disconnect: Spend time outside, read a book, or have meaningful conversations with the ones around you. See how it feels to be “off the grid” for a day!
- Travel Alone. Whether you’re traveling locally or abroad, see the world on your schedule and at your pace, allowing you to absorb it in your own way. It might be a big commitment, but take time to do exactly what you want to do.
- Meet new people. It sounds simple, but you have to go out of your way to make conversation. Every person has a unique life story, with a different perspective and point of view. Connect with new people and keep an open mind.
- Take an improv class. For many people, this is a huge trip outside of the comfort zone. It’s easy to be intimidated by acting a part or trying to be funny on the spur of the moment. But taking an improv class can be a great way to open up in an environment that is judgment free. It’s a perfect place to practice!
- Try a new look. Breaking your routine can be as easy as a new haircut or color, makeup, or clothes. Trying a new look can be scary, but very rewarding. You will feel more free and open and you might even find a new favorite look!
- Spend “alone time” every day with no technology or distractions. Set aside a period of time when you’re not working, talking, or watching a screen. You don’t have to meditate: Just take some quiet time to listen to your mind and work through your thoughts. It should be a priority each day.