1. Cre­ate a dare list

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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

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