Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone & how my stoma has helped me do that

pushing outside of the comfort zone with a stoma
new things after ostomy surgery

It’s safe to say that I am normally very happy in my usual routine. I am a creature of habit and I’m quite content with that. However I will always remember around the time of my  stoma surgery and my stoma nurses telling me all the things I will still be able to go and do, including deep sea diving. I also remember thinking as long as I could eat the majority of the food I like, I’d be fine. Flash forward three and a half years and I find myself pushing myself out of my comfort zone SO MUCH and I absolutely love it.

When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I was really ill. In the two years I attempted to manage my disease I tried to make the most of the good days but, in all honesty, I was so scared of being too far from the toilet that I went from home to school to work and back to my bed the majority of the time. 

Being faced with a life or death situation that was agreeing to have my stoma surgery was a big one. It sounds like a silly thing to say but I hadn’t quite realised just how ill I was. Going into surgery, I was just focusing on getting through it and hoping I could go back to eating food and not be tied to the toilet. 

Something switched in me after surgery and I realised that, actually, I was going to be okay. Since my initial surgery I feel like I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone so much from trying new things to taking a new attitude towards things. Sometimes, its just saying yes to something which, previously, I would never have done. 

How to push yourself out of your comfort zone

It’s not easy to push yourself out of your comfort zone, mainly because it feels scary and a lot easier to just do your normal thing. 

However, once you take that leap and try new things you feel an amazing sense of accomplishment and have so much fun! 

My biggest piece of advice for starting to push your comfort zone is look at the bigger picture. What do you want to achieve? If you can look at the reason why, you can motivate yourself to do the scary thing. 

Also, I always think that life is too short to not do it. Being so ill and having multiple surgeries has really put this into perspective. For a while, I physically couldn’t do the things I wanted to so now I say yes to more things just because I have the opportunity. 

Stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be something crazy…

it can be as simple as saying yes to going for coffee, talking to someone different, choosing a new form of exercise. 

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed recently is the change in attitude I have towards things. I go into things more open minded and optimistic which, in turn, has left me having way better experiences! 

The pictures above are from a recent sailing trip. For me,  this was the epitome of stepping out of my comfort zone as I am terrified of water. However, this summer I’ve been on two separate canoeing trips with my mum and uncle and absolutely LOVED it. 

How have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone? 

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