What happened to recess?
Adults don’t often get recess, but on Thursday morning I did…
Text Message: Opera Kickball 9 & 9:30. Don’t tell the girls!
There it was. An invitation to play.
I had a list a mile long of things I should do – but I really wanted to play!
So I did.
The text was from the fabulous music teacher at my girls’ school. Opera Kickball combines playing outside (on the only spring-like day we’ve had all month) and singing in an overly dramatic way – two of my favorite things!
So off to the school I went, and it was fabulous. We laughed and sang, ran and sang, kicked and sang… and I felt great. Laughter, nature, and exercise are all great for reducing stress. Hanging with my girls, their classmates and one phenomenal teacher/role model – well you can’t get better than that!
So when was the last time you accepted an invitation to play?
Adults can be SO serious – don’t turn down an opportunity to play a little and reduce your stress. Time doing something you enjoy isn’t wasted, it is essential to managing your stress and living with passion.
As I wrote in my recent article about being Heartstrong, letting the real, fun, whimsical person inside bubble up to the surface is important.
Play is for everyone – not just the kids!
Eliz Greene works with busy women who want to improve their heart health so they can live longer, feel better, and stress less.
She is the author of the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart and 3 other books on wellness. She writes one of the top 50 health and wellness blogs and is a sought-after women’s wellness speaker. Find out about her women’s wellness programs, workplace wellness programs and programs for healthcare professionals at EmbraceYourHeart.com