Are you dreaming of trying something new, but not feeling brave enough to do it?
Well, maybe it'll encourage you to know that trying something new will benefit you in more ways than you may have thought.
1. You'll feel revitalised
Does this sound familiar to you? You've fallen into a routine, days become so similar that before you know it years have passed? By trying something new 2 or 3 times a year or even just yearly becomes marked by the exciting new things you try and you'll feel revitalised and a sense of achievement.
2. You become more adventurous
Trying new things is exciting but can also fill you with a sense of fear, but you'll find that bit by bit fear will transform into 'minor speed bumps' until eventually your 'adventurous self' is set free. You will become much more brave and get a taste for trying new things. Approaching new tasks with the spirit of adventure sets us up for success and that helps us approach the next challenge with more confidence.
Putting ourselves under a certain amount of stress is good for our body and makes it stronger and more resilient. However, ongoing or continual low level stress (caused by unhappiness at work, being in a bad relationship, being a long term carer) can cause anxiety and even depression. When people approach a stressful situation and see it as a challenge the stress has a positive effect on us but if the situation is perceived as a threat then it has a negative affect.
3. The more you try the more you learn about yourself
The more you try the more you'll learn about yourself, what you like and dislike, what your strengths and weaknesses are . Even if you think you know yourself well, you'll be surprised to see that you'll learn something new because you are putting yourself in a new situation - and let's face it, you'll never know until you try it!
4. Your brain will love it.
Every time you put yourself in a new situation, you force your brain to quickly understand a unique set of circumstances, process how to handle those circumstances and develop a new set of skills. You're increasing your creative capacity, in other words training your brain to solve new things and find creative ways of succeeding.
5. You might meet new like minded friends
We don't often take the time to meet new people, yes we may mingle at dinner parties or networking events but that's not the same as having a real genuine conversation with someone you've never met. So, by trying new things you've instantly got things in common with people you meet on this journey and you can share experiences and support each other.
Interacting with other people is one of the greatest treasures in life. While it may be a bit awkward at first, it can help you to raise your confidence, open up a whole new world to you and even end up in life long friendships.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get your pen and paper out and start making a list of new things you would like to try this year and then put them into action!