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Welcome to November! The leaves are falling, the wind is chilly, and Costco is putting up their Easter decorations (only a slight exaggeration *sigh*). This month we are talking about Comfort Zones–which is well-timed because I am taking a giant leap out of mine (more about that here).
Comfort zones are tricky things–sometimes they hold us in a place we need to be, other times, they keep us from ever getting there.
They work both for us and against us, impacting the ebbs and flows of life and recovery, and ultimately holding us in a place we want, but may not need to be.
This month we will talk about lots of different comfort zones–comfort zones with food, relationships, stages of recovery–we will also be discussing how to know when it’s time to stay within your comfort zones, and when it’s time to start branching out. All of these things are important.
I don’t know what comfort zones you find yourself in–I’m not sure I’m even fully aware of all my own. But I do know this: comfort zones are meant to be broken out of.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually we all must learn to break free, to move forward, to grow. Even if this means landing in new, evolved places of comfort. They are a part of life–and not one that needs to be run away from or destroyed, but rather acknowledged, accepted, but never clung to.
I encourage you to take what we’ve talked about last month regarding accountability and apply it as we move into this next month. I challenge you to evaluate your life and determine your comfort zones: which ones are holding you back? which ones are protecting you? and which ones do you maybe need to break free from?
Maybe your comfort zone is one of secrecy, or silence, or maybe it involves staying where you’re at in recovery rather than taking that next step forward–whatever it is, don’t hate it; it was there to serve a purpose, but maybe that purpose has been completed, maybe it is time to let go, to move forward once again, to break out and be free.
Listen to yourself, to that little voice inside of you, it will help guide you.
For me, I took a leap of faith–taking a chance for the sake of my goals and passions; this was both terrifying and exhilarating. And I imagine your experience will feel similar. So just go with it! Ride it out. And in all of it, don’t forget to surround yourself with a supportive community.
So here’s to November, here’s to new beginnings, here’s to taking a leap! Let’s step outside some of our comfort zones together, shall we?
Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.
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