It takes a lot of guts to be brave. And while getting out of your comfort zone is never an easy task, it can be done. A good strategy to use? Taking baby steps because it is habit-forming. Eventually, you'll get the hang of it and transform into that fearless sis (a.k.a. the best version of you)! Then soon enough, it will become as natural as breathing. Excited to start on that transformation? Here are eight little brave things you should start doing now!
Go on a social media detox.
We know you can't stand a minute without checking your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts. But think about it: When was the last time you actually had a real connection with your friends IRL? Another thing to think about: Decide to distance yourself from social media every once in a while—say a day or for the entire weekend. Nothing beats your old school face-to-face get-togethers, having real interactions in real time, and just living in the moment.
Speak your mind.
The world would be a better place if people said what they really wanted to say. We seem to spend a lot of time decoding and figuring out what's on each other's minds because we're scared of the words spoken aloud. It’s time to stop playing the guessing game! Speak up and be honest—and how that leads to less regrets.
Have a good laugh at your mistakes.
Seriously, stop dwelling on that embarrassing time you stuttered during a big presentation or let out a little snort on your first date with that hottie. Always remember that you have so much time in your hands to redeem yourself. After all, mistakes can help you become a better person in the end. The blunder has been done anyway, so all you can really do now is to shake it off, have a hearty laugh over it, and move on.
Spend some time alone.
Indulging in me-time time doesn’t mean you're selfish or a loner. It just means that you love yourself enough to get away from everything and everyone just for a little bit. It takes a brave soul to actually be comfortable doing things alone. By learning to enjoy your own company, you get to know yourself better and see things from a new perspective.
Let go of all those pent up emotions! It's okay to not have everything figured out. You don't have to fake being strong all the time. Embrace your vulnerability. Sometimes, all you need is a good ugly cry session to feel better.
Order something you won’t usually get on the menu.
Go to your all-time favorite restaurant and for once, really look at the menu. You might be missing out on what could become your new fave if you just always get your usual fix. You'll never know if you never try.
Dance like no one’s watching.
Release those inhibitions. It doesn't matter if you can't groove perfectly on the dance floor. What matters is that you're having fun. Don't let anyone ruin that for you. Hasn't Taylor Swift or Anne Curtis taught you anything?
Ask for help.
You can't always be an expert at everything. Sometimes, other people will know better than you—and that's okay. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s actually a sign of strength. It's a valiant thing to admit that you don't know how to do certain things and allow someone else to guide you. Now, that's bravery at its finest!
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