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Have you ever found yourself wishing you had more time to do the things you love? Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a rut, caught up in the daily grind, and neglecting an essential aspect of your well-being: having FUN?

 

Life can be hectic and stressful. But here's the thing: incorporating fun into your schedule is not just a luxury; it's a necessity for a healthy and fulfilling life. As your life coach, I'm here to remind you of the incredible benefits of incorporating fun into your schedule. it's time to unleash the power of joy and embrace a more fulfilling and balanced life.

 

Why is fun important?

 

Fun acts as a natural stress reliever. When we engage in enjoyable activities, we breathe better and laugh more, which boosts our mood, reduces anxiety, and promotes mental and emotional well-being. We all know how important it is to take care of our physical health, but our mental health is just as crucial.

 

Incorporating fun into our daily life fosters creativity, enhances problem-solving skills, and boosts productivity. Taking breaks to engage in enjoyable activities allows our brains to recharge, leading to increased focus and effectiveness when we return to our tasks. Plus, having fun strengthens our relationships, cultivates a sense of connection, and helps us build lasting memories with loved ones.

 

Here are some tips on how you can incorporate more fun into your schedule:

 

Reflect on the activities that genuinely bring you joy

 

These are the ones that you can't wait to do when you have some free time. Whether it's dancing, painting, hiking (a few of my personal favorites), or playing an instrument, make a list of them. The simple act of reflecting on these activities allows the brain to experience a joyful anticipation of the activity.

 

Prioritize self-care

 

Self-care and fun go hand in hand. Make self-care activities a regular part of your schedule, whether it's taking a walk, indulging in a bath with essential oils, or reading a favorite book. Carve out time to indulge in activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul. For me, I enjoy cooking, so my sense of smell is heightened with spices, I feel the heat from a pan, and I enjoy the colors of the veggies.

 

Schedule fun activities into your calendar

 

Just as you schedule your work and appointments, allocate dedicated time for fun. In fact, write that in first. I like to use cute stickers to colorfully highlight special occasions/activities. By blocking off specific time slots on your calendar that brings you joy, you are ensuring you prioritize them as you would any other commitment and keep that boundary.

 

Mix it up!

 

Don't limit yourself to a single fun activity. Experiment with different experiences to keep things fresh and exciting. What new class, new place, or group activity could you explore? Perhaps check out Meetup.com for inspiration. I just tried Tai Chi for the first time, and it was a peaceful, refreshing change.

 

Engage with loved ones

 

Plan outings or activities with family, friends, and/or pets. It could be a game night, a picnic, or a spontaneous adventure. Surrounding yourself with positive company amplifies the joy and strengthens your relationships.

 

Embrace the present moment

 

While engaging in fun activities, be fully present and savor the experience. I suggest getting out in nature; it's a powerful healer! Anytime you can get out of your indoor bubble where the same thoughts circle and the laundry is staring at you, you will be able to let go of worries and to-do lists. Allow yourself to experience a childlike curiosity and appreciate the joy it brings.

 

Conclusion

 

Incorporating fun into your schedule is not just about having a good time; it's about taking care of your mental and emotional health, enhancing your creativity and problem-solving skills, and strengthening your relationships with loved ones. I encourage you to infuse fun into your daily routine, or at least start with your weekly routine. Once you start prioritizing, it will be part of your ritual to schedule fun into the calendar. Trust me; you are less likely to regret taking a little time for play than squeezing in a few more drops of work. Remember, when we prioritize fun, we are prioritizing our well-being. So, let's make having fun a top priority. 

 

Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need help getting started or need some guidance along the way. My tagline is "Awareness from mind, inspiration from heart," and I'm here to help you live your best life.

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by Mary Anne Hjelmfelt

Holistic Life Coach
I support stressed women find harmony in their health, work and family to live joyfully and in line with their values! Let’s work together, relieve that stress, and create a self-caring, FUN lifestyle, so you can live a healthy, and purpose-filled life. No more people pleasing and hiding behind a substance, you're too amazing for that. I believe we all have the power to free our minds from depending on food, alcohol, or medications when dealing with challenges. Let’s unveil your inner strength, and put time into YOU. It’s time to shift your focus to make your unique goals for your life a reality. You deserve to be heard, and supported, I'm here for that!
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