Is it actually a good idea to do something that scares you every day?

You’ve probably heard the phrase before. “Do one thing every day that scares you” is a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, and it’s something that people cling to, like a mantra.

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But is it actually a good idea?When Eleanor Roosevelt said that famous line she wasn’t talking about full-on, sweaty, “get me out of here” fear. Far from it. This is about “comfort zones”.

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But why push yourself out of somewhere that feels safe and secure and familiar?


Because science says so.

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Doing something that you don’t really want to do, because the thought of it makes your stomach turn or makes your heart flutter, actually increases brain activity.


It also helps you in the long-term to deal with difficult situations, and to handle tough experiences.


So when the shit hits the fan you’ll be better prepared. Right on!

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But what kind of things push you out of your comfort zone? Obvs it differs from person to person but it can include things like:

  1. Striking up conversation with someone new, or someone you’ve admired from a distance.
  2. Leave your phone at home. Or turn it off. Spend the day without updating your status.
  3. Choose something new or different to eat.
  4. Say “yes” to opportunities, even if your gut reaction is to run away as fast as possible.
  5. Saying you’re sorry.
  6. Asking for help.
  7. Starting a blog (and posting on it, with real stuff that real people can read and comment on).
  8. Being honest. With yourself, and with others.
  9. Watching a horror film (even with the lights on).

These are all quite general, but only YOU will know what sorta scares you. And if you want to give it a go, we’ve made a little progress card for you to use:

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Pencil in whatever you did to give you the willies, and then when you reach the end you can give yourself a little treat! Super! Go you!

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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