Saturday, 21 February 2015

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

Dealing with your Comfort Zone

I don't quite know where to start with this blog post, as it's not my usual fashion or beauty style posts but I fancied trying something different today! As always, share your views etc. in the comments because I love hearing from you.

Throughout your teenage years your comfort zones got tested. Even if you're the most outgoing or shy person, there's no denying that growing up is tough. I'd say I'm much more of an introvert when it comes to meeting new people or in new experiences, but around people that I know I become an extrovert and enjoy spending time with people. Recently there's been a few situations which have tested my comfort zones and how happy I am with that:

1. Nights out. I love going out to town and having a few drinks and a laugh with my friends and am more than happy to go up to a stranger and start having a conversation with them. It's when people become drunk and rude that I start feeling awkward and uncomfortable. 

To put this into context: I was out with my best friend when this clearly drunk guy started talking to me and he just kept badgering me, along with his jeering and immature friends in the background. In a nutshell, I couldn't wait to get out of there because I felt so put on the spot and uncomfortable - it's pretty hard to describe really!

2. 'Can you do me a favour?' Saying no to something doesn't come that easily to me - I'm definitely a yes girl! I wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity or new learning experience by saying no. But when it's a favour that you're really not comfortable with doing, it becomes difficult to say no. I've made tons of mistake from favours which I felt uncomfortable with doing but still said yes anyway.

3. Stepping out of the Comfort Zone. When you are quite a shy or introvert type person, it is so hard to step out of your comfort zone. For example, when you've been at school from age 5 to 18, then you either go to uni or take the leap into the working world. It's a bloody tough decision. You're so used to a routine that when you try something different, it's scary at first.

There's a few situations where I've felt uncomfortable and awkward stepping out of my comfort zone. So what do you do about it?

1. Take yourself out of the situation. If you're feeling really really uncomfortable then just take yourself away for a bit and come back. People will understand if you're feeling nervous and self-conscious. I've done this quite a lot and just walk away for a few minutes then come back to the group again.

2. Ask for help. Following on from point 2, if you really don't know what you're doing then the worse you can do is ask for help. I've been helping my boss out a lot recently and felt scared to ask him at first, but I'm sure he'd rather know if I didn't feel comfortable doing something and ask instead of doing it!

3. Repetition. This is more in regards to stepping out of your comfort zone. Travelling up to London for work was a massive jump for me, but after doing it for a few months you soon get back into a routine and it becomes less scary to do and you can do it with your eyes closed. All new experiences are good experiences in my mind. You learn and discover new things, make mistakes and find opportunities. 

I hope this has helped some people, even if it has helped just one person it's been a massive relief to get it all off my chest! Let me know what you think and share your own tips for stepping out of your comfort zone :)

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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