Often, we go through quotes which gives us the zest to do something different or something strange which we normally wouldn’t do. But getting to do something which is a bit difficult or putting in some extra efforts in our normal routine itself looks to be so much of work. But there’s a science to it. With little adaption, you can get out of your “comfort zone” and start doing great things.
It’s kind of important to come out of your comfort zone and more you do it, it’s something big. But do we know what this comfort zone exactly is ? Why is it that we get acclimatised to things which are familiar and our daily routine but when we’re introduced to new things, why does the glow fade quickly ? What benefit do we get from breaking out of our comfort zone ? And how do we do it ? Let’s get started !
The Science of “Comfort Zone” and Why People Find It Difficult to Leave
Your comfort zone is just a space where all your activities fit a routine and pattern that reduces stress and anxiety. It obviously has its own pluses and minuses. There was a study done about comfort zone back in 1908 by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John D. Dodson explaining that a state of relative comfort created a steady level of performance. They studied about a space called “Optimal Space”. A space which has stress levels more than normal which is totally out of our comfort zone.
The idea isn’t something new. Anyone who has ever pushed themselves to get to the next level or achieve something knows that when you truly challenge yourself, you can turn up amazing results. Some studies support the point. However, pushing too hard can actually cause a negative result, and underpin the idea that challenging yourself is a bad idea. It’s human to get back to a happy and comfortable state. You can understand why it is difficult to punt your brain out of your comfort zone.
Your comfort is not a good or bad thing. It’s an organic state that people dwell towards. Leaving your comfort zone means increased stress and anxiety that can have both positive as well as negative results. But don’t sync into depression :’)
We all need that head space where we’re least stressed so that we can exercise the benefits we earn when we leave it.
What You Get When You Break Free
Optimal anxiety is that geography where your mental productivity and performance reach their pinnacle. But, “more productivity” and “inflated performance” sounds like “exert yourself more”. What do you really achieve when you’re willing to come out of your comfort zone ?
– You’ll be more productive.
– You’ll find it very easy to push your perimeter in future.
– You’ll find it easier to deal with sudden changes.
– You’ll find it easier to handle and play with your creativity.
The benefits of you coming out of your “comfort zone” can linger. There’s the comprehensive self-improvement you get through the skills you’re learning, a new country you’re visiting or anything new. There’s also the soft mental gains you get from widening your skyline.
How to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Everyone’s comfort zone is different, and what may expand your horizons may paralyze someone else. Remember, Optimal anxiety can bring the champion out of you, but too much of it is dangerous.
Here are 3 ways to break out (or maybe expand) of your comfort zone without going above the barometer :
1. Do daily activities in a unique way – Make a change. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big or small one. Make a change in the way you do activities in your day-to-day life. Look for the outlook that comes out from the change. Yes, what if the change is a negative one ? It’s always a question. It’s okay if it’s negative. We ultimately learn from it. Don’t be a spoil sport if things go according to you.
2. Don’t take decisions in a jiffy – Many a times, when you decelerate, it makes you uncomfortable. Especially if speed and quick thinking gives you good results in your work or personal life. But it’s always good to slow down, look around what’s going on, take your time to elucidate what you see, and then intercede. Sometimes just defending your right to make an educated decision can push you out of your comfort zone. Think, don’t just react.
3. Believe in yourself and make snap decisions – We’re refuting ourselves, but there’s a very good reason. There are people who thrive on snap decisions, on the their hand we have people who are more comfortable examining all of the possible thousand times. Sometimes, we take snap decisions, just to get things on the go. Doing so can help you emanate your personal work and teach you to believe your instinct
THINK BIG. Thinking big itself is coming out of your comfort zone. Most of us, we don’t think big because of our lethargic attitude. Many people say “Think out of the box” but I believe there is no such box. Now, I’m not telling you to be an energised bunny and run here and there. Do things in a calm yet optimistic way. It will work out. And do return to your comfort zone from time to time. Just don’t forget to get back as much as you can fetch from those inspired, fertile, productive, generative and slight uncomfortable moments when you do.
Cheers to a great future !