5 Small Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

It can be exhausting to step out of your comfort zone all the time. You may feel too stressed and won’t have time to recharge from your last efforts. However, consistently making small changes is more sustainable, and you’ll still challenge yourself in some capacity. Staying in your own comfy bubble might be nice, but you’re going to have a lot of monotonous days in there. Here are a five small ways to step out of your comfort zone. Ease yourself into being more adventurous. Start small and work up to larger goals.

5 Small Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Simple Ways to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone:

1. Change Up Your Routine:

Check out the charming corner coffee shop or a new restaurant. Try a new fitness class. Cook for friends and loved ones instead of going out. Go to a museum and events in your neighborhood. Even something as small as taking a different route to work can make a difference.

2. Go to a Networking Event:

A lot of people are nervous about networking but the benefits can be invaluable. Instead of being nervous think about all of the new friends, business connections, and mentors you might meet. Still hesitant? Use these small talk tips.

3. Start Doing Something Good for You…and Stick With It:

Whether it’s good for the body, heart, or soul, find something that makes you feel good and make it happen regularly. You can hit the gym, start a diet, finally attend an acting class, go to therapy, or write letters to your grandma. Just find something that makes you feel great every time you do it, and make it a habit. Too much of a good thing is wonderful!

4. Propose an Idea at Work:

If you’ve noticed your company’s lackluster online presence, make a social media plan. If you’re dying to get that one brand as a client, brainstorm how to make it happen. Find a way to cut costs. Search out sponsors. Approach someone whose work you admire and suggest a partnership. Do the work, and the rewards will follow.

5. Go on a Solo Trip:

This is a big one, but it is a life-changing experience for many people. It can be a quiet little weekend getaway to the nearest beach, or it can be a three-week holiday to Paris. The point is to get away from other people’s opinions for a little while and do exactly what you’d like to do. If that means lying in bed with a croissant and staring out the window at the Eiffel Tower for half the morning, perfect. If that’s heading to Beantown and running the Boston Marathon, wonderful. If you decide you really need to spend time in a little cottage in Vermont while you work on your novel, do that.

Making your own choices and then actually taking action on them is an empowering thing!

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By Lora Ghawaly for Mavenly + Coa community of young women having honest conversations about college, career and life and helping them create a lifestyle by their own design. Image via Big Star and Nashville Marriage Studio.

15 Responses to 5 Small Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

  1. I don’t think I will ever have the confidence to go on a trip alone, but I am always trying to step out of my comfort zone a bit by going shopping alone or trying out different workout classes by myself. It’s a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction!

  2. Sara Kate says:

    All such great ideas. Solo trips can be so intimidating at times, but they are one of the best ways to refocus on yourself and meet new people while you’re at it.

    Sara Kate Styling

  3. These are great tips for stepping out of your comfort zone! I enjoy taking advantage of events in my area, and I have become more comfortable going to networking events and meeting new people as a result.


  4. Jordyn says:

    I definitely think there are plenty of ways we can step outside of our comfort zones each day. Something small like trying a new workout class can make a huge impact!

  5. Lauren says:

    I love these ideas. Stepping out of my comfort zone would be me moving to NYC this summer by myself for an internship and leaving my family. I’m SUPER nervous that this could happen, but I know I need it!
    The Fashionista’s Diary

  6. Alex says:

    I’ve heard solo trips are amazing, but I’m soooo nervous!!! I do need to step out of my comfort zone and just go for it!

  7. Brooke says:

    I’ve really been wanting to step out of my comfort zone more. I’ve been able to do that through blogging, because it’s opened me to so many new opportunities!

  8. I 110% agree with going on a solo trip! I did that in New York City during this past December, and now I’ll be moving there in May! It can do so, so much and be so lifechanging

  9. Annaliese says:

    I definitely want to attend some networking events in 2016- such a great way to start adulting 🙂

    xoxo A

  10. Ashley says:

    These are all awesome tips! I would love to attend some blogging events. I feel like that would be an awesome way for me to really step out of my comfort zone!

    xo Ashley

  11. I would love to go on a solo trip one day soon! These are all solid tips and don’t sound all that scary!

  12. Kayleigh says:

    I love these ideas! I try to go to networking events by myself and it’s definitely stepping out of my comfort zone!

  13. Audrey Stowe says:

    This is SUCH a great post. I wanna do a solo trip so badly!!! Just get nervous to

  14. arin says:

    I love these ideas! I took a fun improv class in Chicago to get me out of my shell and met some new friends out of it! http://www.heartofchic.com

  15. Oh yes, I’m a passionate proponent of solo travel! Traveling in general is one of the best ways to broaden horizons, but it’s an entirely different experience when you go alone!

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