LoveYourBrain Tip: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone!

GET OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 4.18.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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Leaving your comfort zone doesn’t mean abandoning common sense or taking unwise risks.  It’s really just about challenging your brain to a new way of thinking or a new experience.

Getting outside your comfort zone just enough can actually boost your performance.  This idea goes back to a psychology experiment of 1908, which showed that while comfort led to steady performance, maximum performance depends on optimal levels of anxiety, which is only possible outside the boundaries of your comfort zone.

In addition to helping you reach a higher level of performance, periodically breaking free of your comfort zone will better prepare you for life’s unexpected changes.  Resiliency is dependent on finding comfortable in that which is uncomfortable, which you can only exercise if you practice being uncomfortable from time to time.

There are endless ways to get outside your comfort zone.  If you tend to be shy in social settings, try initiating a conversation with a stranger.  If you have two left feet, take a dance class.  Or, really put yourself out there and take an improv comedy class!

And remember, it’s more than ok to make mistakes!