When did you last leave your comfort zone?

I recently discovered and fell in love with the Youtube Channel Yes TheoryThey are four guys committed to saying yes and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.

Their enthusiasm is inspiring and I 100% agree with their philosophy. I think everyone can benefit from setting themselves more challenges and being more spontaneous.

What is your comfort zone?

You don’t have to think twice about your regular routine. It is something that comes naturally to you. When you leave your comfort zone you will feel differently. You might feel nervous, scared or even excited.

The Yes Theory slogan is seek discomfort. The reason we should do this is because of what we might get out of it. When I am outside my comfort zone that is when I am most awake. My greatest feelings of accomplishment come from doing things that made me most nervous.

My comfort zone

As many young adults sadly do, I have suffered from extremely low confidence, anxiety and body insecurity. I have come so far in overcoming these issues, largely due to forcing myself outside what I am comfortable with.

Here are a few everyday examples I am still working on:

  • Being the conversation starter

I’ve always been so envious of people who are naturally relaxed and able to fit in with any group. There is no reason I can’t be that person!

  • Exposing my arms

I used to hate summer because of how afraid I was to show my arms. It has taken me so long to begin to overcome this ridiculous fear. I only bought camis for the first time this month!

Challenge yourself

Here are some ideas to challenge yourself, taking inspiration from personal experience and the Yes Theory videos:

  • Set a sporting goal

You don’t have to be part of a team to sign up for a race. Whether it’s a running/ cycling/ swiming or a combined event, sign up and start training!

  • Travel somewhere new

Even if it’s just for a weekend. You can bring friends or go alone. If you’ve always dreamed of exploring a place, don’t let fear factors get in your way. Save up, buy a ticket, and go!

  • Tell your crush you like them

This was a Yes Theory video, with mixed results. The main outcome though is that overcoming your fears and telling someone how you feel is empowering.

Step into the unknown…

There is no better feeling than accomplishing something you thought impossible. I definitely felt this feeling when I got selected for my first international kayaking race after months of injury and recovery.

I also felt that rush of nervous excitement when I booked my one way ticket to fly solo to Australia! I really hope this post inspires you to challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone. It doesn’t have to be crazy, it can be as simple as leaving the house in a strappy top, if that’s something that scares you.

One of my favourite Yes Theory videos – you can do anything if you believe in it enough x

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Fed up of my own lack of self confidence holding me back. This is me trying new things, pushing myself outside my comfort zone and sharing my love for sustainable fitness.

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