As a professional counselor, I know the value of play and play therapy in our offices. It not only is entertaining but it also releases emotion that can get stuck in our bodies.
When I first had my kids, I planned fun for everyone but me. I wanted them to have great memories and fun outings. As a personality type that needs a lot of fun, I begin to lose energy and wondered why. The answer was not enough fun.
Now I add fun into my life regularly and here are some ways you can too.
1) Plan it! It’s worth the effort. Fun might look different for you than someone else but whether it’s going out with a good friend, reading a great book, visiting a new local haunt or whatever puts a smile on your face be determined to make it happen.
2) Find some great playmates! You know the ones you can be totally yourself with and know how to have a good time. Also please don’t stop with the list of one or two. We are a busy culture and sometimes I have to reach out to several people to find someone who’s got time to play when I do.
3) Leave the worries and cares behind! In the counseling office we call this containment. I promise you that those concerns will be there when you get back to your regular routine.
4) Finally, take a moment just right now to think of some ways you can add more fun into the every day moments of your life. Sometimes I dance in the car with my daughter and her friends – even though they call me “cringy” as they giggle and admit it feels pretty good.
Remember a cheerful heart is always good medicine! (Proverbs 17:22)
A lot of my readers and followers are incredibly creative – if you have some great suggestions on how you like to have fun, don’t hold back! Share them in the comments below.
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