When we began planning this month's RADical Self-Care challenge, we spent time talking about what self-care looks like in pop culture (bubble baths and spa days) and what it really means to take care of ourselves and refuel our bodies and minds.
While eating well, moving, and making time for learning and playing was right up there, so too was life moments that happen outside the routine, outside our every day norm.
Routines are vitally important for helping us to reach goals, grow, and make long-term shifts in our lives, but we realized we also need to prioritize moments of growth outside the daily grind and the daily/weekly routines. Routines are important, but left unchecked we can become stagnant after not too long.
Today's Challenge: Get outside the comfort zone
Take a minute (or 5) and think back--where have I been staying in my comfort zone lately because it's easy, not because it's actually taking care of me? Where can I try new things more often?
Are you eating the same meals or getting take-out most nights because it really takes care of you, or because it's really easy when you feel you have no time or feel stressed?
Maybe binging on Netflix most evenings instead of taking that time to do something that you actually care about?
Are there habits you do even though you wish you didn't?
Do you do the same things with the same people when you see friends?
When's the last time you explored a new spot where you live, made a new friend, or tried a new activity?
If answers easily come to mind, cool. If not....also cool, but may be something to think about more.
Making time to get outside our comfort zone now is essential on so many levels--
For many of us, our overall satisfaction with life goes up when we make time to explore/discover/try outside our regular routines.
Trying a new activity with friends or on your own can be daunting at first, but often deeply rewarding when we get that little feeling of "huh, I can do this after all".
Making challenge/growth/exploring/discovery a priority now and then breathes new life into our everyday life, and helps us grow in self-reliance, self-confidence, and helps us to reconnect with ourselves in a new situation.
Carving out time to play, discover and explore corners of life we haven't before matters, along with the routines and comforts in our lives.
Today, try 3 new things.
It could be a simple as taking a new route to work, trying a new cafe, taking a new fitness class at the gym, or making a new recipe for supper. It could be bigger--taking the plunge and signing up for a course you have been meaning to try, trying an activity you thought you would NEVER try (hint: do it with a friend).
No matter what you choose, make time for exploration/discovery as a self-care goal for today. Along with your other self-care priorities, stepping into moments of new are a key part to taking care of every facet of you.
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