This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you read my blog at all, you know I love to travel. I love to have fun. And I love my family. Focusing my life on those three things has given me the chance to do incredible things like sky diving in Las Vegas. canyoning in Switzerland, and swimming with sharks in Belize. All things that have been known to stretch your comfort zone, or at least they definitely stretched mine!
What you may not know is that I did those things not because I necessarily wanted to but because I didn’t want to miss out. My family was doing them, so I had to tag along. FOMO at its worst. To be honest, I was scared to death the entire time I was canyoning. And sky diving? I said there was no way I was going all the way until five minutes before they left to catch their plane.
In real life, I’m a scaredy cat. If it wasn’t for an adventurous and fun-loving family, I’d probably just hang out on my couch reading the latest book like Divergent or binge-watching Gilmore Girls again. Luckily, I have a fun and adventurous family who pretty much drags me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis.
Some of my most amazing experiences have come from getting out of my Netflix watching, young adult lit reading comfort zone. Swimming with sharks? Incredible, especially after I got over the whole hyperventilating thing. And being able to slide down a natural made waterfall in the Swiss alps? Something I’ll never forget.
So if you’re like me and would rather sit on your couch in your comfort zone than get out and experience everything life has to offer, it’s time to stop watching other people living life and start living your own. Just take one baby step away from the couch or computer every day and soon your comfort zone will have grown so big, you won’t even know where your comfort zone ends and the “out of your comfort zone” begins.
Need help getting started? These are my six best tips for expanding your comfort zone, try to do them every day. Be brave.
1- Try something new
Hershey just recently came out with new BROOKSIDE Yogurt Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars that would be perfect for this. They’re made with real fruit, natural flavors like nuts/seeds, and finished off with a yogurt-flavored cream. I’ve tried all of the different flavors, including the new Cranberry Blueberry with Citrus, Vanilla Fig and Mango Pineapple, and they’re one of my favorite on-the-go snacks. And best of all, they’re gluten-free, non-GMO, and contain no artificial flavors. And if that wasn’t enough, they also have delicious Brookside Dark Chocolate Flavored Fruit & Nut Bars because you can never have enough chocolate.
Or if you’re already an adventurous eater, try out a new activity. Or a new radio station. Just change things up.
2 – Break your routine
If you’re anything like me, you have a routine. You get up in the morning, do the same thing, go to the same grocery store, make the same dinners week after week. Every day break your routine in some way whether it be venturing a few more miles to the latest and greatest grocery store or taking a different route home from the park. Or heck, maybe even book a last-minute weekend trip to New York City with just the girls. If it’s not something you’d regularly do, do it.
3 – Talk to someone you don’t know or that you don’t normally talk to
One of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone is to meet new people. Meeting new people starts with talking to them. Talk to people, make new friends, do new things.
4 – Do something that scares you
Getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t always have to be scary, but it often is. Try doing something that pushes your limits or scares you a bit every day. Ask someone on a date, send a pitch to someone who might say no, go to a class at the gym where everyone might laugh at you. If it scares you, it’s probably outside of your comfort zone.
5 – Write about it
One of my best tips for getting more done each day is to write down a list of things to do. While you’re writing your to-do list at the end of each day, write down one way you got out of your comfort zone and how it felt. It could be as simple as “emailed my dream brand with a partnership idea and was scared to death.” That’s part one.
Later on, if something awesome comes out of that scary move, add a note. So when your dream brand writes you back and wants to work with you, put a note by the original one. And three months later, you can look back at your list and see all of the amazing things that came out of stepping out of your comfort zone.
6 – Share your unexpected side
So many amazing things can come from pushing yourself a little bit each day and who knows, maybe you’ll find something awesome and unexpected that even you didn’t know about yourself. I mean you could be a closet karaoke star that never would’ve known it without getting up on stage once in a while.
Share something people don’t know about you, your unexpected side, on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareYourBROOKSIDE and #SweepsEntry for the chance to win up to $1,000 toward a unique and fun adventure in the Brookside sweepstakes. $1,000 could buy one awesome ticket far out of your comfort zone. Or if that’s a little too far out of your comfort zone, you can enter by commenting on a post on the Brookside Facebook page as well. Read the Full sweepstakes rules or check out the BROOKSIDE website for more info.