Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone after 60
As we get older, life becomes more complicated and we prefer to stay in a routine of comfort, which gives us a false sense of control. As retirement started getting closer, it is important to learn how to push your boundaries and seek horizons in order to try new things without being afraid.
What is the "comfort zone" exactly?
The comfort zone is a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine that minimizes stress and risk. This space makes you feel secure and comfortable as there is a sense of familiarity. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you are taking a risk as your are not sure what will happen, generating a possible feeling of stress and anxiety.
It is important to live inside of your comfort zone from time to time because you need it to process your experiences and just to relax. But staying there for a too long time makes us weak to respond to the normal changes of aging and adapt to changes in society. This is why it’s important to get out and do something that’s unfamiliar and mentally challenging.
Stepping out of your comfort zone brings a lot of benefits:
- Personal development
- Increasing self-esteem and self-confidence
- Expand social circles
- Encourages self-knowledge
- Feeling comfortable while facing the unknown
- Developing new skills
Of course, for most of us, breaking out of your comfort zone is not that easy and takes a lot of courage. Identify your fears, and then face them step by step. You need to take time to think about your current experiences and then decide to do something else and new. You will get the same benefits whether you go in with both feets as if you start slow. Try to do something new every week or every month. There are thousands of ways to expand your horizons and challenge your comfort zones. Why not join a hiking club or learn to salsa? Little by little, you will see that you can reap the benefits of it and apply it to your day to day activities. Don’t let your comfort routine keep you prisoner to its ease.
And you, do you ever push yourself out of your comfort zone?