Make Fun a Part of Every Day — It’s Good For Your Health!
Sometimes I have to remind myself: Just because I’m running a business and raising two boys, doesn’t mean I don’t get to have fun.
When that “To Do” list gets long, we can forget that anything other than The List exists.
Yes, we need to get a lot done. Yes, we have a lot of responsibility bearing down on our shoulders…but why not dance around while we carry it?
All of the things we do will be more fun if we MAKE IT FUN! Plus, this is good for your health. Stress is NOT good for us. Taking our daily vitamins, eating healthy, and getting outside are all ways to manage stress. But…One of the best, and most overlooked, ways to cope with stress is to find ways to incorporate lightheartedness and fun into life. It helps to balance the stress our bodies go through.
Here are a few tips that might help:
1). Find humor in failure. Did someone burn dinner? Did you mess up your presentation at work? The kids are fighting over who gets the last brownie? Instead of cursing and yelling, see the humor and act goofy about it. Why not?! *Things will get better if you have a brighter outlook*
2). Make jokes about your kids not listening…instead of yelling at them or guilting them. This is a big one for me. As a single mom, I can get overwhelmed easily and forget to watch my words. But I find that when I make a joke instead of taking it seriously, we all laugh. Example: “I see you never made your bed this morning. Did you get attacked by a dinosaur before you could get to it?!” (said dramatically while I’m lovingly laughing and kissing my son on the cheek)
3). Add silly drama to hard moments. Your kids, partner, and family members know when you’re stressed: They can smell it 100 yards away. Instead of trying to hide it or letting it drag down your day, act it out like the most dramatic actor you can think of. “Oh, I just can’t take it anymore!!” (Said while striking a dramatic pose and sighing loudly — then laughing out loud at yourself.) My adolescent kids love it when I do this — it takes the stress out of the room instantly.
4). Take 5 minutes to do something unnecessary, like wrestling your kids, throwing a ball around, or practising handstands or somersaults on the bed (this one gets a lot of laughs). If you’re not an active person, get a joke book that you read from during these moments, or a comedian you like to watch skits of on YouTube. Put on a comedy play with your family or friends. Get creative!
You got this! I believe in you!
Melissa Raise is the owner of Raise the Bar Wellness. She is a CPT, CHC, and LMT with 18 years of experience helping people better themselves. Working with the tools of behavior change, positive psychology, non-violent communication, motivational speaking, nutrition, meditation, affirmation, and movement recommendations, her intention is to touch and elevate as many people as possible. Her self-help videos can be found on YouTube (Raise the Bar Wellness), and inspirational posts and tips can be found on Instagram @raisethebarwellness.