Boredom kills. If you sit around in your comfort zone doing nothing, you will probably overeat, drink too much coffee and/or alcohol, or even sleep too much. If you don’t believe me check out the research from the University College of London in “You really can be bored to death, study shows”.
So what can you do to escape from your comfort zone instead? Here are five suggestions from published authors:
1. Susan Biali, M.D., author of Live a Live You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You, said, “Recently I went to New York City. A coach told me to use LinkedIn and find people who live there and tell them I was coming (and no, I don’t know most people in my LinkedIn network). I picked three. One answered. She invited me to meet an amazing group of innovators and entrepreneurs, and it came from simply contacting a stranger and say, ‘Want to meet for coffee?’”
2. David DiSalvo, author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, said, “In their 50s, people often look at their careers and ask, ‘Do I want to do this until I die?’ The most fulfilled people think about what they’ll do in the second part of life. You don’t have to do something radically different, but instead of asking, ‘What will make me happy?’ the better question is ‘What will offer more fulfillment?’”
3. Chip Heath, co-author (with Dan Heath) of Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, said, “Whatever change you’re thinking, shrink it. I have a friend who forces herself to exercise for one song on her iPod when she doesn’t feel like working out. But with that one small step, she usually works out longer.”
4. Rick Foster, coauthor (With Greg Hicks) of Happiness and Health, said, “The more times I say ‘yes’, the more variety there is in my life. Do I want to see a play? Yes. Do I want to take a trip? Yes. I force myself to say yes because brain health and physical health are directly tied to novelty and change. Every time I’ve said yes, it’s paid off.”
5. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, said, “Sometimes people want you to be safe, so they discourage risks. But there is no safety. The more you know what you want, the more should want it. I knew I’d rather fail as a writer than succeed as a lawyer.”
So now that you have heard from the experts, what do you do to escape from your comfort zone?
Stanton Lawson is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions. Sequoia’s mission is to ensure a better quality of life for their elderly clients and their families, by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Sequoia’s focus is to keep you or your loved ones at home and avoid:
- Loss of friends and possessions
- Loss of independence and freedom
- Loss of spirit which is drained by the battles of daily living
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