I like to be comfortable. I don’t like putting myself out there especially when there is ANY risk of looking stupid or failing. I don’t like taking risks. I prefer to know what is going to happen next and having my surroundings in order.  I like to be safe and sound and snug in my comfort zone.  I also know that, although comfortable now, my comfort zone will continue to get smaller and smaller until it will eventually becomes my coffin.  So my recipe for mental health involves pushing myself out of my comfort zone on a regular basis.  I think about the things that scare me or cause me to be uncomfortable, like doing something that I am not good at and might look stupid doing or messing up my system and then make myself get uncomfortable by breaking out of my comfort zone at least one time every month.  I must admit that I don’t always look forward to or enjoy being outside of that zone, but over time I have come to realize that some of my best experiences have been when I have pushed myself out.  I once heard a saying that Life begins outside of your comfort zone and for me; I think that this is an important place for me to spend more time in order to stay mentally healthy.

Recipe for Mental Health                                                                                

Servings: 1 at a time

Time required: A lifetime

 

Directions:

  1. Find the line between feeling confident and sure of myself and feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable to rejection or failure.
  2. Plant my feet firmly on the ground and begin pushing myself over the line.
  3. Take a deep breath and tell myself that I will be ok.
  4. Wait to see what the experience has to teach me, learn the lesson, ENJOY.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 over and over again for the rest of my life.

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