Enjoy! Make time to P.L.A.Y
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Kerrie Anastassatos
In the month of August, Atria’s Well-Being Coach, Billie Jean King invites us all to “play every day!” I bet you haven’t received an invitation to come out and play since you were a child, but making time to play is something we should continue to do throughout our lives. The thought of playing might seem silly and even a little daunting. But including playtime in your everyday life can be just as essential to your overall health and well-being as exercising or eating right.
- Pinpoint. Take a moment to reflect on your life. Focus on the times you felt most happy and free. Were you alone or with people? Were you creating something? Were you enjoying someone else’s creativity, like a concert or movie? Were you at the beach, on a hiking trail or at home, sitting in your favorite chair?
- Leap! Now that you have identified what kinds of experiences you enjoy, throw caution to the wind and go for it! Don’t think, just do. Join that tap dancing class you have always wanted to try. Buy a ticket to see your favorite Broadway show. Take a walk on the beach. Wear every piece of jewelry you own while indulging in a banana split! There are no wrong choices – do what makes you feel good.
- Allow. Give yourself permission to spend time on amusement, entertainment and fun. Slow down! Not every minute needs to be practical or productive. If you are parking your car and your favorite song comes on the radio, let yourself enjoy the entire song before you get out. Blow bubbles with your grandchildren. Buy a box of your favorite candy and eat some while reading a gossip magazine. Allow yourself to be present and free.
- Yes! Make yes your new favorite word. There are dozens of opportunities that already exist in your everyday life that could bring you joy. All you have to do is say yes. Most of us, by nature, tend to find excuses to not accept invitations due to our habitual comfort zone, lack of incentive or fears. Challenge yourself for one month to say yes to every invitation you receive. Meet your neighbor for a latte. Go to your niece’s ballet recital. Send an affirmative RSVP for that wedding in Mexico. Each time you say yes, you open a door to new possibilities.
As George Bernard Shaw once said:
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
So, in the coming months, make time to P.L.A.Y and feel your heart smile!
– Kerrie Anastassatos, Senior Engage Life Director, Atria Summit Ridge