Getting Out of my Comfort Zone- Hailey Hokenson

When I was pondering over different options for my self-intervention, I looked at myself in the mirror and asked myself: what would make you happier? I came to the conclusion that most of my stress comes from my own constant need to worry. I have always been the type of person to have lists and schedules for every day; I am always thinking about possible consequences for everything I do. The more I thought about it, the more I realized by worrying about consequences all the time and only focusing on the negative, I was missing out on having fun. So for my self-intervention, I chose to worry less and live outside my comfort zone. This was difficult at first because I am hard-wired to wake up and check my color-coded schedule. But I persisted and tried to relax more and go with the flow. I tried saying yes more and doing things I normally wouldn’t do—such as trying new foods, following up on invitations, and making spontaneous trips with my friends. For example, my friends invited me to go to LA for the weekend. Usually, with a trip, I plan every hour of it and worry about where will we stay? What will we eat? ect, but this trip I just showed up without any sort of plan and just enjoyed the moment. I noticed that by making this change for just one week, I already felt happier. I noticed by being more relaxed, not only did I have more fun but my friends did too.  Granted, this week was an easier week to make this change because I didn’t have the stress of going to class and work every day; however, I think this is a change I should stick with throughout to see if it helps me destress during the quarter.

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