bring back play
Friday, April 27, 2018
Remember being a kid and recess was one of the best things ever? Or playing outside with the other kids in the neighborhood until it was dark and you couldn’t see. Remember bragging that you could shoot the coolest basket when playing P.I.G. or could jump the farthest off a swing? Remember when everything was fun and playful and you didn’t have stress or anxiety or subject yourself to unreasonable expectations or push yourself to your limits?
How much stress do we put on ourselves? How much worry and anxiety is because we choose to feed the fearful negative thoughts in our heads instead of focusing on the positive possibilities? Haven’t we realized most of our stress comes from our reactions and not what actually happens?
How often do we hate the work week and live for the weekend only to feel like there isn’t enough time to enjoy life? When was the last time we felt playful and alive and just free of the stuff we allow to weigh ourselves down?
We act like we don’t choose all the stressors in our lives but we do. And if we don’t choose it, our reactions only amplify the stress. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the drama of it and harder to accept that we do have the choice and then actually taking a conscious effort to control your thoughts and reactions.