Being an introverted person, it’s hard to walk up to someone you don’t know and introduce yourself. At social and networking events, you tend to find yourself talking to the only people you know or standing in the corner by yourself. I, myself have been battling with this for quite some time and have recently started to take steps to help be more comfortable in these types of situations. Getting over the fear of social situations is tough, but doable. You really need to make yourself uncomfortable in order to become comfortable. It takes time to build confidence in yourself but once you start, it snowballs and you’ll be mingling with strangers and trying new things in no time. I may not be as confident and social as I would like to be yet, but I’m working on taking the steps to get there.
Here are some things that I’ve being doing:
There is nothing worse than trying to be what you think people want you to be. By embracing your unique qualities, we gain more confidence in ourselves and it allows us to be more open to new people. I used to struggle with feeling like I didn’t fit in anywhere. I was awkward in social situations and scared to talk to new people in fear of being judged. Recently, I realized that I am who I am for a reason and that I needed to care less about what others think of me and more about what I think of myself.
Getting involved in community service or even more involved with the Rochester Young Professionals can really help you get out of your comfort zone. Being a member of RYP encourages me to interact with new people, which is exactly what I needed. I’m now able to more confidently approach people that I don’t know and strike up a conversation.
Attend Events Without Friends
Attending local events without someone you know is another way to step out of your comfort zone. Being at an event without anyone you know leads to two scenarios. You’re either left standing alone in the corner watching everyone else have fun or you can take the risk of talking to someone you don’t know. When we go to events with our friends, we tend to stay with that group out of comfort. Going alone gives you a bit more freedom to approach someone or have someone approach you.
Try Something New
Trying something new also gets you out of your comfort zone and allows you to broaden your horizons. Whether it’s taking a new kind of fitness class, learning a new language, or joining a sports league, taking risks on trying something new can be fun and you might just find a great new hobby. Plus trying something new can allow you to meet new people. For example, I recently tried a new fitness class at the Aerial Arts of Rochester. It was a lot of fun and it helped me get used to being uncomfortable. I’ll also be trying snowshoeing for the first time at RYP’s Outdoor Recreation event this month!