Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Having fun - it's not just good for kids!

Spring is slowly trying to arrive and hopefully that means our kids are spending more time outside, playing and having fun!  Outdoor recess at school is by far the favorite activity for my kids.  

We know that in order for our children to get the most out of learning, recess is a vital component of their day.  By taking a break and having time to play creatively and without a lot of structure they are better able to focus and perform on school the rest of the day.

So why don't adults have recess every day too?

The most obvious answer is that we think we are too busy to play.  Having fun is something we wait all week to have on the weekend.  We spend time thinking about having fun instead of actually doing it because we think we don't have the time. What if we were able to be more focused and productive by having fun EVERY DAY?  Believe it or not, it is true. 

Here are 2 easy action items for you TODAY:

1.  Identify what you consider fun!  Preferably get yourself outside to do it.  A walk, play a game, read a magazine, meet a friend...
2.  Schedule it in your calendar.  That's right.  Plan for it in the morning and that way you give yourself permission before your day gets busy.  Set an alarm if you have to, but make it a priority.  It does not need to be long, it just needs to be fun!

See you much more productive you can be when you make time for yourself!  Having fun is not just for kids or weekends - but a way to improve our happiness, overall wellness, balance and productivity!

Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC

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