Last week on the blog, I shared some tips about how to create routine into your creative life by blending both structure and flexibility for a schedule that works for you. Today, I wanted to share with you the missing piece to the puzzle — FUN!
When you’re so busy grinding, hustling, and working hard, it’s equally important to create some margin in your life to rest, rejuvenate, and have some FUN! Setting aside time to do things you love for leisure may not feel productive, but it’s essential for our souls and overall well-being. Think about it: Olympic athletes train hard for a specific amount of time, then rest and recover. Kids learn so much through playing and engaging in activities they enjoy…and then they take a nap. So if you don’t want to put yourself on the fast-track to burn out, schedule in some time to do something FUN!
So, the question is:
What do you love to do for fun?
What’s something that if you do it (no matter how long or how little) refuels your energy and maintains your sanity?
If you’re not sure, or it’s been a while since you’ve done something FUN, here’s a brainstorming list of ideas to get you started:
- read a book
- take a walk around the neighborhood
- host a game night
- invite someone to coffee
- make something crafty
- go to a new place and take photos of inspiring things
- check out with they have on Groupon and try something
- go to a kickboxing class
- go to a winery
- buy an adult coloring book and color
- try a new recipe
- go hiking
- call an old friend
- take a nap
- eat brunch
- play with your kiddos
- play with someone else’s kiddos
- plant something in a garden
- go see a movie
- go to the theater
- go swimming
- go bowling
- get a manicure
- write in a journal
- go on a run
So okay, you get the point. These were a mixture of quiet, social, creative, athletic, adventurous activities depending on what you’re in the mood for. The point is, when you prioritize FUN in your life (or maybe this is self-care, health, or rest), it will help you to cultivate JOY in various areas of your life. Give yourself the space and permission to have fun and then go do it! Your brain and your body will thank you.
Let me know in the comments: what's your favorite thing to do for fun?