1. Create a dare list
Start by breaking out of your comfort zone. “When we’re in our comfort zone, we’re dealing with familiar things and nothing stretches us,” says Louise. “We’re like a hamster on the wheel, going round and round, and although we’re quite steady, we’re also a little boring.
“Make changes but start small. Go into a shop you’ve never been in, or cook something new for dinner. Wear some different make-up or aftershave, or tackle a job you’ve never done before such as mowing the lawn or some DIY.
“If you have children, take them to a soft play area on your own, or strike up a school-gate conversation with a parent you’ve never spoken to before. If you always get the train to work, try walking part of the journey or eat your lunch in a different place.”
Once you’ve tackled the small things, you’re ready to move to bigger challenges.
“Make a dare list of the exciting things you’d love to do,” suggests Louise. “Look at what might really stretch you. If public speaking is your big fear, plan to make a speech or give