Have you ever felt like you’re just going through your day on autopilot? You move through your tasks and responsibilities without really thinking about what you’re doing or truly engaging. It might feel like muscle memory takes over and your mind can just wander. Being stuck in a rut or stagnant routine can lead to those feelings of drifting through life. Trying new things may be the kickstart you need to re-engage with your life.
The Benefits of Trying New Things
An article from Harvard Health states: “Until the mid-1990s, we thought that people were born with however many brain cells they would die with. We now know that the growth of new cells—a process called neurogenesis—occurs throughout life, even in older age.” This means that our brains can continue to grow throughout life. And that stimulus for growth can come from new experiences. Learning new skills and having new interactions may create new connections in the brain.
Staying in your comfort zone is appealing because it’s a place where you know that you are safe. There are no surprises and no risk. But beyond the comfort zone lies the area for growth. In this space, there are challenges, failures, and fears. It is by nature, not comfortable. But this is also where you learn. By trying new things you learn about yourself: new interests and skills. In the growth zone, you can also build resiliency. Part of learning is experiencing setbacks and failures. It’s very rare that you try something new and excel right away. It usually takes time and many tries to master something new. Experiencing “failures” and learning from them to try again builds that ability to be resilient. It helps you bounce back from mistakes and feel confident enough to try new things.
Trying new activities can also help you connect to others. As you have positive new experiences, you build confidence which can help you feel more comfortable meeting new people. Attending a class or new group gives you opportunities to extend your social circle. And being connected to others can help improve your mental health by providing an outlet to discuss your struggles or a sounding board to create new goals.
blueFire PulsaR Can Help
We help young adults step out of their comfort zone, improve their self-esteem, and help our clients build their confidence through self-success. Our program helps create positive changes and improvements through engagement and adventure. We have a supportive environment that encourages clients to push themselves physically and emotionally to create lasting changes.
Life is a journey. Our comprehensive multi-faceted and clinical approach in the wilderness helps young adults and their parents navigate this journey in a positive direction. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight-oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities and academic focus these young adults will find their true selves. For more information please call (208) 269-7407.