What a question!
I feel like its not even been just this month, but for the last 3 months at least I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and said yes to things a year ago I would have turned down.
I’m an over thinker.
I get anxious over change and in the past that has held me back.
But I don’t know, lockdown has had a lasting effect on me in a good way.
For the first month I struggled, I struggled with the change in my working life and the unknown of how the lockdown would affect not only my life, but the world going forward.
I am officed based for my 9-5 job, so to suddenly have to work from home which was not equipped in any way was a challenge and I hated it at first. I felt trapped, I felt consumed by my job and was working way more hours than I should have been. But I soon realised I could not continue in the way I was, and something had to change.
So I set about changing my routine and pushing myself to try new ways of living my life under lockdown.
One of them was downloading the Couch to 5k app.
Now, I am not a natural runner by any means, and I have always put off running as something I just wasn’t capable of.
But to take away my gym time and my personal training, not only was my physical health suffering but also my mental health so I knew I had to do something quick.
Pushing myself to run outside 3-4 times a week at first seemed a huge mountain to climb, but within a couple of weeks I noticed how much I was looking forward to that time in my day. Some time for fresh air, music blasting and my own thoughts.
Pushing myself out of the comfort zone of only exercising within the four walls of a gym has been liberating and something I hope to hold onto even when life returns to normal whatever that may be.
A couple of weeks ago I attended one of the fantastic House 21 workshops where Mel talked about the benefits of talking on your Instagram stories and how this could really improve your engagement. Straight away I thought no, I can’t do that I hate my own voice and the idea of adding this to my Instagram was a definite no for me.
But over time I started to assess why I couldn’t even give it a go, what was stopping me? And then I realised it was me, I was the one holding myself back for fear over what other people would think.
So again, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and added an unboxing story of a few PR items I had received and this time, included my voice.
I was very close to deleting it when I started to receive lovely messages from people who hd been following me for a long time, yet they didn’t even realise I was from Liverpool. It was then I realised how important stepping out my comfort zone and doing something different truly was beneficial to the growth of my Instagram and to my own self.
July has been a whirl wind and I can feel the growth within myself a lot. None more so then when I agreed to the House 21 Podcast. Something a year ago I would never have agreed too.
And I truly loved every minute.
Because sometimes we do need to do things we’re not comfortable with because if we don’t, we stay still, our lives never progress if we stay within the confinements of what is comfortable.
I’ve decided that every month I will do one thing, big or small that pushes me out of my comfort zone and gives me an experience, whether that be good or bad.
Because lockdown has taught me that life truly is for living.