Carolyn Kruse

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It’s been said that “the best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” At least it was by author,  Karen Salmansohn. But hey, it makes sense. Think about the times you did something you normall don’t do, like…zip lining. It was scary. Then exhilerating. Then you wanted to do it again. The point is, when you step outside the box, you grow, and you find yourself enjoying things you never even knew about.

The Positvity Blog encourages nudging yourself, or even allowing someone to nudge you in a direction that wasn’t on your radar, provided it’s safe, of course. This resource has shared 20 small ways for us to get our of our comfort zones. Most of these ideas are simple, and not too scary.You may even find something you are genuinely interested in. I will share 7 from the pile of positivity with you. After all, it’s Friday. It’s been a long week, and we all need an escape of some kind.

 

  • 1. Smile

    A few years ago, a friend shared this idea with me. She said she had tried it as an experiment and the reaction she got was overwhelmingly positive. Most people smiled back, or struck up a converstion. Try it with passers-by, when your are walking the dog. Give it a shot at the grocery store, or even at the gym. Sure, there will be some that look at you like something’s wrong. But, who cares. Most will react positively.

  • 2. Watch Something Different

    We are all certainly creatures of habit. And when it comes to watching TV or streaming, or even movies, we trend to stick to the same genres. I don’t know if it’s like this in your house, but in mine we will move to separate rooms to watch our favorite shows.  My husband loves “shouting/shooting/shows, and scary movies.” I love comedies, rom/coms, some reality TV and occasionally documentaries. If we both bend a little we could be watching more together. Or take turns. One night it’s scary movies, the next a 90s rom/com.

     

     

  • 3. Unplug For A Day

    This one may hurt a bit. It’s probably the toughest habit to break. But try putting your phone away for most of a day, if not a complete 24 hours. As the Positivity Blog suggests it’ll be a relaxing change of pace. You may hear more, do more and see more. So, leave the laptop at home, turn off the phone and step away from you televison. Breathe.

  • 4. Move Your Seat

    I’m not referring to you getting up and shaking your seat. No cardio required with this easy task. According to the article, literally changing up your usual chair at the dinner table can trigger a feeling, that may leave you uncomfortable. That’s good. You can go back to your old spot tomorrow. Also try , or swiching up where you sit at lunch at the office, or where you place your yoga mat in class, or even swapping sides of the bed with your sleep buddy.

     

  • 5. Eat Something Else

    Get that unusual thing on the menu, you likely crinkled your nose at in dismay. You never know! You could become a fan of  fried tarantulas. Or not. But, at least you tried! 

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    Hyattsville, Maryland. Rothman and friends took the challenge of eating the fried insects with progressively hotter sauces with names like ‘Tears of the Sun,’ ‘Eye of the Scorpion,’ and ‘Da’Bomb Evolution.’ (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

     

  • 6. No News Is Good News

    Your road to positivity may start with a news blackout day. Don’t listen to the news, don’t watch the news, don’t read the news. Don’t even check weather forecasts, as that might incite anxiety, as well. Ahhh. Don’t you feel better just thinking about a no news day.

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  • Dance Like Nobody's Watching

    I’m adding in this tip, because I know when I periodically break out some dance moves in my kitchen, and get completely silly, it feels sooooo good. Give it a try at home, whether alone or with the fam. You may shock them, but hey, it’s good for them too! This, much healthline.com: “Dancing Boosts cognitive performance! If you need a reason to get moving, consider this: A lot of research shows how dancing can maintain and even boost your ability to think as you age. According to some studies Trusted Source, scientists have found that the areas of the brain that control memory and skills, such as planning and organizing, improve with exercise like dance.Plus, unlike other forms of exercise, dance has the additional benefits of improving balance through rhythm and music.”

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