I’m guessing that we’re all familiar with the expression ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. Outside of our comfort zone is where the magic happens, where we change our lives and break glass ceilings. A place that’s challenging, exciting, and fun.
But what’s so bad about our comfort zone? It’s a place that’s familiar, safe, cozy, comfortable and predictable. A place where we feel safe, content and in control. I know mine is sitting on the couch watching TV, wearing my PJ’s and cuddling our doggies. That’s my happy place.
But if we never step out of our comfort zone, we might miss out on the exciting things that life has to offer. Yes, we may get scared, we might feel anxious, we may experience stress and uncertainty, but if we dare to step outside we will reap so many benefits.
If fear is holding you back, why not take a different approach? Don’t completely leave your comfort zone, just s-t-r-e-t-c-h it. As well all know, yoga is great for supporting our physical wellbeing but it can also help build mental and emotional resilience too. By building confidence, stamina, and releasing any negative emotions, it can help create space in your mind and body to consider new challenges both on and off the mat.
So, if you’re new to yoga, go grab and mat and get started. If you already practice, why not try something new? It could be exploring a new posture, a new class or simply holding a posture a little longer. Remember, the yoga pose you avoid the most is the one you probably need the most, so take a risk.
Your comfort zone will always be there. You are simply stretching it to do something you wouldn’t normally do. It’s a good place to be. Your mind and body will tell you when you’re capable of that next step, if that’s what you want. It’s all about making a change, even if that change is only small. Go for it and embrace the discomfort of trying something new. When we’re able to overcome our own limitations doors will open to more challenges we can achieve.
Remember, age is only a number. You are never too old to try something new. By all means, stay in the safer waters but try to use the plunge pool as often as you can. Who knows where it might lead.
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