Whether it's an attitude, a habit, or lifestyle, it's hard to change something that you've grown accustomed to. You've gotten so used to it that it has become your comfort zone, and we all know that leaving that safe space is not the easiest thing to do. After all, if you're used to it, it means you're enjoying it. So why would you change something that goes so well with your way of life, right? We hate to break it to you, but did it ever occur to you even just for the slightest bit that trying new things from time to time also has its own benefits? Read through the list below to find out what they are.
- It keeps you positive.
It's time to not let the fear of the unknown stop us from doing things that can open our minds to new wonders and reap the rewards. According to Rich Walker, a psychologist at Winston-Salem State University, "People who engage in a variety of experiences are more likely to retain positive emotions and minimize negative ones than people who have fewer experiences."
You don't have to start big by climbing Mt. Everest alone this weekend; begin with something small first. There are so many ways to break your routine and challenge yourself. Do something that people will never expect you to do—take singing lessons, hike alone, and start your own business. Everything new you'll try to do is going to be mentally healthy for you.
- It keeps you motivated.
Switching things up can help you be inspired and motivated. Let's be honest, it can be boring to follow the same mundane routine every day. But when it comes to trying something new, there are endless possibilities! Whether it's a big or small leap outside your comfort zone, you'll still surely reap the benefits.
- It relieves stress.
Developing a new skill can help you relieve stress because it keeps your mind busy and excited instead of thinking about what burdens you. At first it may seem stressful and scary because there's always that possibility of failing, but once you get over that fear, your newfound hobby will keep your mind preoccupied and keep you from being consumed with stress.
As much as sticking to what we're used to makes us happy, trying out new things also has its perks. Who knows, what you were so hesitant to try at first, may also become your most favorite activity in your entire lifetime. We may be exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. Life is all about learning new things, if you stop doing so, what's there to live for? Just take the first step and welcome new opportunities. The rest will follow. This may sound cliché, but you really do only live once, so live it right!
What's the new thing you'd like to try this year, Candy Girls?