Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone – By Eliut Morales

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Do you ever feel like trying out a new exercise class or picking up a new hobby, but can’t make the jump to get started? For many people, picking up a new skill or hobby is a matter of conflicting schedules. For others, however, the idea of exploring new activities and projects is a bit uncomfortable.

Luckily, stepping out of your comfort zone may be easier than you think!

It’s important to realize that stepping out of your comfort zone is a very personal achievement, and not everyone can do it at the same pace. Some people may be able to dive straight into a new challenge without hesitation, and some bide their time to slowly ease into new territory. Try changing your daily routine. Doing daily tasks in a different way than you’re accustomed to is a great way to get comfortable with new environments. Taking a different road to work, trying on clothes you wouldn’t normally wear, or even getting a new drink at Starbucks are all simple daily tasks that can be refreshed to help you step out of your normal routine.

While these steps may seem simple, don’t forget to celebrate small achievements. Give yourself a pat on the back whenever you achieve a goal at work, pass an exam, or perfect a new recipe. Every new task you achieve is one step closer to stepping out of your comfort zone.

When you decide you’re ready to try a new class or hobby, try and get friends to do it with you. Not only are recreation classes more fun with friends, but it’s also very comforting to know that you have someone to help you challenge yourself. You may even make new friends interested in the classes you go to!

If you’re looking for new activities to try, take a look at our Summer MOSAIC! Inside you’ll find a wide variety of new programs and classes for you and your friends to try, such as Line Dancing, Naginata, Body Sculpting, Needle Felting Art Basics, and more. All of these classes  are included in the All Access Passport at no additional cost.

We look forward to helping you achieve new goals and try new experiences!

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at e.morales@manassasparkva.gov.

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