Trying new things can be undoubtedly daunting for some of us. The unfamiliar can make us nervous and the act of leaving our comfort zone can place us in a vulnerable position, with multiple questions running through our minds:
“Can I do this?”
“Should I be doing this?”
“What am I doing?!”
While it may not feel like it, this is normal and it’s positive.
All too often we let the fear of the unknown stop us. Yet pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones is good for us. Trying new things, especially things that we once were afraid of trying, helps us step outside our comfort zone.
Trying new things not only helps us to conquer those fears, but it also allows us to expand our minds and learn – both about the new thing and about ourselves. The benefits of learning and trying new things, have a positive impact on our personal growth as well as our health.
There is a difference between the pleasures of the moment (hedonia), and the satisfaction that comes from constantly developing and living one’s life to the fullest (eudaimonia). Research suggests that the greater sense of purpose and personal growth associated with eudaimonia correlates with lower cortisol levels, better immune function, and more efficient sleep.
When we try something new, such as learning a new skill, our brains and bodies are challenged. Our bodies and brains thrive on the attention, and we feel better as we put them into practice. Trying something new also changes our perspective, allowing us to see things differently.
Enhancing experiences that already bring us enjoyment by putting a new spin on them is another way to try something new in a less intimidating form. Switching things up can help keep us inspired and motivated. If we maintain a habit of trying new things, we progress and learn to be more open to change, new experiences, and to new possibilities.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to trying something new, so I encourage you to take a leap outside your comfort zone; irrespective of whether it’s a big or small leap, you will still reap the benefits!