I am always amazed how easy it is to get so busy with work that we forget to play. Doing activities that are just for the sheer fun of it can be liberating. Often joyful activities can be tainted with the intention of doing it in order to accomplish a future goal or improvement beyond just relaxing and letting loose.
For example, joining a friend for a game of tennis with the sole intention of trying to lose weight or toning up your muscles is very different than just going to play for the fun and companionship of it. There is nothing wrong with having goals or doing things to lose weight but sometimes it is good to release the goal chart of accomplishment and just enjoy.
Maybe the goal for today can just be to have some fun. Caring for ourselves could be more pleasurable and a joy, rather than a “job” or stressful itinerary to complete. A holistic view of our health and wellness, extends beyond just exercising, eating right, and getting a good night’s sleep.
The entirety of our personal well-being involves giving attention to our mental, emotional, spiritual, AND recreational needs as well. The level of care you extend in this area will have a huge effect on every aspect of your life, including your interpersonal connections and provide you with the best possible chance for personal happiness.
Some examples of activities you could start, or try again, are:
- Playing a musical instrument
- Painting or drawing
- Taking up a sport
- Doing crossword puzzles
- Joining a dance class
- Going hiking
- Attending a sporting event or concert
- Taking up a hobby
- Listening to music
Maybe the only work for today is to figure out how to play.
Revisit or begin a hobby or activity for the sheer enjoyment of it.