Welcome to the ninth week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project
Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.
I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).
Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
This week is all about doing something that's good for your soul. Now each of these soul nourishing things so far has been about giving your time to something you want to do. This week is a little bit different, as this week is about stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Whenever you start to push back against your comfort zone, even in small ways, you start to realise that your boundaries are self-imposed. You can, on the whole, step outside of them whenever you want to. So this week is simply about trying something new.
I'm not going to ask you to do something BIG this week – of course, if this is the nudge you need to book a skydive, or a bungee jump, then absolutely go for it.
Otherwise, some time this week, when an opportunity arises, just make a different choice to the one you would usually.
If you always have the same takeaway, choose a different meal. If you're going to the hairdressers, change your hair colour or style. Wear a different lipstick colour. Walk or drive a different route to work or back again. Say yes to a night out.
Anything that is outside of what you usually do – that causes a tiny twinge of anxiety or discomfort, because it's beyond the familiar routine of your life.
You can do one thing this week, or one every day if you feel like it. The more often you push back, even in very small ways, against your comfort zone, the more you understand that it's an illusion. And the small things lead to the confidence in yourself to do bigger things.
Make it something fun – don't stress yourself out about it, we're still talking about nourishment here, not punishment.
Let me know what you decide to do and I'll see you next week.