It’s easy to get so caught up in the daily hustle of our adult responsibilities that we don’t think about stopping to have fun. I’m totally guilty of this. Sometimes the thought of watching a funny video, learning a joke, or taking a trip to the park seems as indulgent as a bubble bath in the middle of the day – especially with so many tasks on the “to-do”.
But being playful is incredibly important. Even if it’s just a few minutes jamming to your favorite song in the car, feeling this kind of joy can do wonders for your spirit. I absolutely love this quote from author Dr. Stewart Brown,
“The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression.”
It’s essential to our well being to take a few minutes each day to laugh and play like the child we once were. Brown also says, “Play shapes our brain, helps us foster empathy…and is at the core of creativity and innovation.”
There’s no better time than right now to embrace your inner child and do something fun. You’ll be amazed at the way your mind starts opening and your heart starts feeling.
Here’s an exercise to try.
Grab your journal and make a list of five things that makes you feel playful. If that feels hard, think back to the last time you laughed. And I mean snort-laughed in the air like you just don’t care. Where were you, who were you with, or what were you doing that made you have such a great reaction? That might give you some ideas.
Pick one of your five activities, schedule 15 joyful minutes, and go do it! Then write in your journal about your experience.
- What did you choose to do?
- How did it make you feel?
- When was the last time you did this activity? If it’s been awhile, why haven’t you done it sooner?
- What can you change in your current schedule to make room for more play?
I hope you’ll give yourself permission to have recess today. Have fun and let me know how it goes. I love hearing from you!