Monday, 4 August 2014

Leaving Your Comfort Zone.

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We all have to leave our comfort zone at times. This week I'm doing something I've needed to do for some time but now I feel like the time is right and I need to do it before I change my mind. I don't want to go into details as it's personal and private, but I thought this was a good opportunity to discuss leaving your comfort zone.

A big thing for me is taking my mind off what I'm going to do. Blasting some music from my laptop or reading a book can take me away from the moment and allow me to relax a little. 

After suffering from panic attacks in the past, I've nearly mastered the art of controlling them. Deep breaths and closing my eyes always help. Ignoring anything that is happening in the room at the time and taking myself away will always help me control my breathing and calm my heart rate.

I'm still obsessing over Rescue Remedy pastilles. I did a blog post about them at the end of last year (here) and I still find they help me calm down a little. I'm not sure there is any scientific reason behind it, but concentrating on chewing the pastel seems to help.

I think the biggest way to help me leave my comfort zone, is asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?". If I think of the worst case scenario and usually realise it's very unlikely, I seem to be able to cope just a little more.

Hopefully I will learn more and more ways to deal with leaving my comfort zone and start to feel more comfortable in new environments. But until then I will continue to do my thing and try my best.

What are your tips for leaving your comfort zone?

Katie xx


  1. Lovely Post.

    I like this quote:You wont regret the things you did, you will regret the things you didn't do !


  2. Leaving my comfort zone is definitely something I need to do more often and something that I struggle with. I always think 'but what if this happens' so I now try and reverse it and think 'what if I have a really good time' instead. xx

  3. I get the exact same when I've got a big change looming, I used to suffer really bad with anxiety and this sounds pretty much the same as what that was like. I wrote a post about it a few weeks back it might help for when you get a bit tense ( :)

  4. I need to try the pastilles thanks for sharing I had to quit Uni and leave work as it got so bad but I see so many bloggers being open and honest it really helps, so thanks for sharing and being open xxx

  5. So glad that you've done a post like this, I think the best way to deal with things like this is to be more confident in yourself and your ablity to do new things and just like you said what is the worse that could happen x x

    Jess x
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  6. This quote really is inspirational and the post itself <3 I always feel anxious when doing something new or leaving my "comforts zone" I think this is natural for most people but I understand some people like yourself can struggle with it more and have really bad, un-controlable anxiety. My partner suffers from bad anxiety and doctors don't treat it but you have to learn to deal with it in your own way!! I don't think anyone can understand anxiety, unless you personally suffer from it as its difficult to describe to people. You need to try things at a slow pace and become comfortable and then progress to bigger things gradually and I feel this helps with bad anxiety to control it more and understand it xx | Giveaway

  7. Hope you're okay Katie. My grandma always used to say to me 'this too will pass' and that helps me when im feeling anxious or battling with a panic attack. Sometimes i think the things you dread doing the most are never as bad as you build them up to be in your head, obviously i don't know what you are dealing with so i might be well off the mark but i think our brains do have a way of gearing ourselves up for the worst. xx

    Anna | On The Dressing Table

  8. I've really started to try to bear this in mind more. I signed up for a 10km run the other day - and I've never really gone running before. But I feel like I need to show that stepping outside of my comfort zone can be the best thing for me, and hopefully it'll help me live life fuller.

    I hope your task has been ok and you're feeling better for it :)

    Jo xx

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