I feel I constantly see people pushing motivational posts on Monday, yes the alteration is convenient and relatable but what about that weekend motivation? As somebody who suffers from social anxiety it’s not the work week I dread, its the unpredictable and potentially panic ridden weekend. You might think I’m totally crazy (hell, I mean most of the time I do too) – but hear me out. I live for structure. I thrive on planning and organizing and scheduling. I love a routine in which I can wake up every morning on auto pilot and know that I can handle the day. What I can’t handle is the unknown. So for a while I gave into that demon in myself. I stayed well within my comfort zone and I didn’t grow. I stayed a stagnant being consumed by the fear of social interaction, something I used to rejoice in.
About a year ago I decided to change that. I decided that I wanted control of my life back. I wanted to be in the drivers seat not just a silent passenger in the journey of where I’m going. I’ll admit that I pushed myself too far a few times, I ventured to music festivals and found myself in a state of hysteria and took a few steps back. But I also spent 7 days on a road trip with two new friends and not a moment passed where I didn’t feel overwhelmed with happiness. That’s my motivation- those memories and those moments of pure harmony when everything feels good and those demons that consumed you are no where in sight.
S0 here’s my weekend inspiration for you- start small. Text a new friend. See a movie with an old friend. Go shopping alone. Introduce yourself to somebody new. Do that thing your anxiety tells you that you’re not strong enough to do. Start small.
Eventually the little things become the big things.
What are you going to do this weekend to step out of your comfort zone?