Hello Joy Tribe,
When was the last time you had SO much fun that your
cheeks hurt from laughing!?
Truthfully, had I not been in Hawaii a few weeks ago, it would have taken me a while to answer this question.
For a moment I thought, “has time hit the fast forward button or have I forgotten to press pause and have some fun!?” Time has a funny way of passing by quickly (or so we think). We get wrapped up in daily responsibilities and forget to make the time for fun.
As I sat there on the couch, eyes closed, I asked myself, “How would it feel if I carved out more time for fun and play…?” (Not just when I’m away on vacation)
I laughed and I said, “I’d feel AMAZING!”
Do you remember when you were a kid…
And you’d get all of your chores and homework assignments done as fast as possible, so you could play? Yeah, right? Back then, play was non-negotiable, invigorating, and fun!
Somewhere along the line though, we stopped seeing it as something necessary and important.
Playtime isn’t just for kids… We NEED it too! So why not make playtime a daily responsibility?
Guess what? I’m making it one of mine (even if it’s just 5 minutes of dancing with wild abandon in my living room every day!!).
“I’m an adult, and it’s time for recess!”
Playtime in Adulthood
- The (faulty) belief is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious (and serious only).
- We’re not taught how to include play within our personal, professional, and social responsibilities.
- In order for us to be healthy, happy adults, we NEED to play and actively engage using our imagination.
- It’s VITAL to our well-being!
Here’s WHY It’s Vital:
+ Overall well-being. It’s essential for brain development and overall well-being. During playtime, we get to laugh, use our imagination, and express ourselves creatively.
+ Good Feelings. When we experience laughter, the body releases endorphins… that natural “good” feeling! Long after the laughter has subsided, the body continues to feel this good feeling for a period of time (how awesome is that?!?!).
+ Connection. Playtime is a way to connect. When cultivating friendships and relationships, engaging in playtime builds a foundation for trust and communication. When we were kids, we would connect with others by playing, where we learned about each other’s boundaries through body language and expression.
+ Mindfulness. Playtime is an act of mindfulness. When we choose to play, it is a voluntary act. It offers us instant pleasure and engagement while also taking us out of our heads and into the present moment (oh so needed!).
+ Healthier Relationships. Playtime amongst couples promotes healthier relationships. Research suggests that this keeps the relationship fresh and exciting while giving the couple the opportunity to work together as a team. An added bonus? They learn to feel safe and vulnerable as they open up with one another… bringing in joy and vitality.
Let’s Talk About YOU…
When was the last time YOU took out time to play?
If it takes you a while to answer, I suggest you get out there and start now! Like really… Now!!! (Ok… Maybe after work!)
Here Comes the Fun Part…
Because your form of playing is unique to you, come up with a list of ways in which you’d like to let loose and have some fun! This can be something you already like to do, or it can be something you’ve always wanted try.
Remember (and this is crucial): There doesn’t need to be ANY point, reward, recognition or responsibility towards the activity beyond having fun and enjoying yourself!
Three Simple Steps:
- Think of a fun activity.
- Write it down along with a specific date in which you’re going to do it (you MUST schedule it!).
- And of course, just get out there and have fun once the date rolls around! (Enjoy yourself like nobody’s watching!)
Need some ideas?
- Finger paint or take a painting class with friends
- Go to a silent disco party and groove the night away (ok… I haven’t done this one yet, but I’m certainly game to try it!)
- Do countless cannon balls in a swimming pool
- Go to the beach and play in the sand (if you’re near a beach of course!)
- Get together with friends
- Dance with wild abandon (you know this is one of my favorites!)
- Board games (yes, I just went old-school!)
Share your fun & play activities with us!
And please, please, schedule them in your calendar. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!
With love & joy,
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