Laundry, check. Kids’ lunches, check. Job responsibilities, check. Fun…hello, fun? Where are youuuuuuuuu?
Fun has gone missing. It used to be at the top of the list. It used to grab you by the hand and lead you through exciting experiences. It used to unveil new things and keep you out past midnight. It used to call your friends and tell them when and where.
But right now, fun is playing hide and you’ve forgotten to seek. When did you and fun lose touch? Why did you start to associate fun as something more for the kids?
There’s an obvious reason. Responsibility. More responsibilities, less fun. But though it may not seem so—responsibilities and fun can coexist. They might not be the best of friends, but they can at least share a two-bedroom apartment… even if fun isn’t always on time with the rent.
You remember the old days—going out with friends to bars, movies, and dinners. You recall parties, game nights…dancing.
But now it seems like it’s never the right time. Lights out, music off. Dancing shoes… donated.
But wait! Just because you can juggle making breakfast, finding lost shoes, and cleaning up dog vomit, all while getting the kids to school on time, doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel on entertaining and joyful pursuits!
And I know. YOU’RE TIRED! Of course you are. So yes, you should absolutely take that nap when you can—but when you get up—put on some pants and call a friend. Chances are your friend would enjoy putting on pants too—and joining you for some fun.
As for the fun: You might choose something easy at first. Coffee and conversation is a good start. Connection is key. And go ahead—tell the story about how your toddler tossed your phone in the toilet and you fished it out with your bare hands.
And after the fun of coffee and giggles—try kicking it up a notch. Dancing—moving your body and deeper breathing can be the fast-track to feeling more happiness, connection, and you guessed it—FUN!
Like other forms of cardio exercise, dancing also seems to have mood and mind benefits.
Music has been shown to make you feel better too.
Psychologies Newsletter writes:
A review of 23 studies by Bradt & Dileo (in 2009) involving almost 1,500 people found music helped to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients.
See—even science wants you to have fun—so go get it! Fun is ready and waiting no matter your age or your level of responsibility. Rediscovering fun is a choice. You can write a reminder to find it on your to-do list right next to “buy sensitive-stomach dog food,”… and “carpet cleaner.” Because though it might not always seem like it—It’s just as important.
-By Lizzie Brooks
YogaYoga is committed to helping you find your fun with Happy Hour Yoga!
Are you ready for happy hour? No… not that kind of happy hour ;). This hour (an hour and fifteen minutes to be exact) is set aside solely to stoke your internal HAPPY!
Lizzie Brooks, our resident guru on all things goofy and grounded will lead you through a fun, silly, dancy, and most of all, spirit-lifting flow to your favorite tunes! Don’t know how do dance? No problem! This is an all levels, casual event where everyone is welcome. Play, move, breath…you’re doing it right!
Come shine up your soul, open your heart, and remind yourself how important FUN truly is!
*This is an ongoing event! Meet us same time (6:30-7:45), same place (WestLake), one Friday of every month (11/16, 12/7, 1/18, 2/22, 3/29, 4/26, 5/24 The first one (11/16) is for ladies only. From December on, it’s open to everyone!