Some people live life in the fast lane, seeking adventure at every turn. But if you’re like me, you prefer that your adrenaline rushes are less frequent and carefully paced. So, you might methodically plan some type of event or activity that stretches you out of the complacency that can creep into life.
Experiencing something new and unfamiliar invites you to push against your comfort zone, and is often beneficial in unexpected ways.
A former client I’ll call Jane, who felt stuck in her job search, agreed to a friend’s offer to accompany her on a brief business trip to Greece. Having never left the U.S., Jane was nervous. But she decided nonetheless to say yes in hopes of shifting the lethargy she’d been feeling in her failed attempts to find new work.
Even though the trip was short, not even a week, Jane returned home in a different frame of mind and with a renewed sense of hope for her future.
It seemed that the challenge of getting her basic needs met in a different culture and language caused her to put aside her frustration with her lack of success on the job front. Out of necessity, she lived in the moment, and experienced a reprieve from worry about her future.
While you may not have an opportunity to travel abroad at someone else’s expense, you might consider what you could do for a period of time that was unfamiliar and that would necessitate your being present to the experience.
In releasing future worries or frustrations, you might return with a new insight or feel less stressed and more prepared to tackle what you inevitably must do.