Day 13 - When is the Last Time You’ve Played?

March 3, 2020

 

In today's busy world, there's a certain stigma against relaxation. Think about it. Do you ever feel guilty when you take the time to sit around, read a good book, or take a nap? We're taught that hard work is equivalent to being a good, productive citizen. The only way most people can justify taking time off is to get sick! While a work ethic is important, it's also crucial to understand that your brain needs to relax in order to function at its best. Allowing our minds to wander and taking time for leisure are critical to our productivity. Without doing so, you're prone to burnout and frustration. Follow these tips to put more play into your life and to feel more rejuvenated.

 

Play a Game

 

Yes, I mean an actual game. The kind doesn't matter, as there are benefits to all sorts of games. Board games bring people together, allowing you to connect in a social manner and spend time with people who matter. You also get to use your brain in different ways such as through focusing on strategy or logic. These brainy benefits can also come through solo games. Even a crossword puzzle is a chance to rev up different parts of your brain than you don’t ordinarily use throughout your day. An online game delivers benefits of its own, if you prefer an electronic option and aren't able to get together with others. You might even find a digital game that involves opponents or co-players from around the world.

 

Hang Out with the Kids

 

If you have children, you might find that life's obligations have gotten in the way of spending much quality time with them. Making time to play with them can return the connection you've been missing, while bringing you lots of other fun things. Kids of all ages have a different perspective on the world than we adults possess. Taking time to play a game or engage in some other leisure activity with them lets you look at the world from a whole new vantage point, which can do wonders for your mood.

 

Engage in Your Favorite Activity

 

Choose your favorite activity for unwinding. Even if that's watching TV, allow yourself the small pleasure of enjoying a great program. Reading a book, heading to the movies, or picking up a hobby like knitting are also good choices. Anything that allows you to escape the stressors of your daily life will suffice. As long as it's something you like and think is fun, do it!

 

Finally, I'd like to close by letting you know it's even okay to do nothing at all. Taking a moment with yourself and your thoughts might actually be one of the best ways to unwind. It's definitely something most of us don't do often enough. Make your choice and start playing today. You'll feel so much better. 

 

Sparkles and Love,

 

 

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor, confidante and trusted guide who provides people with life support. 

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