If your like most people, probably not enough!
If you want a happy and full life, it makes sense that some of your time should be dedicated to play and not just work, right? But yet, if you're like me and other people I have talked to, there's an underlying guilt that we just can't deny.
Play competes with work. It's very easy to believe you are not working hard enough if you are playing. Playing often doesn't feel as important as work. I'm not just talking about the work that you do for a living, but also the work we need to do for our homes and personal lives.
One of the many things I learned this week by interviewing Dr. Kirsten Millikan on Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast is that play is an essential piece of managing your ADHD. That's right, she is giving us permission to play before attacking the dreaded task that we've been avoiding.
Playing stimulates your mind and increases the dopamine that's missing. With increased dopamine, approaching the dreaded task becomes easier. When you play first, you will be more creative, more focused and get more done. There is no reason anyone should feel guilty about playing, she even recommends that you plan your playtime prior to any other work in your schedule. I love that strategy!
Going back to my original question, what are you doing to create more fun in your life?
Ever since our interview, I have been thinking about this question myself. In searching for answers, I have thought about what makes me happy, what gives me positive energy and what inspires me? Those are the things, I'm paying attention to.
If incorporating fun into your life is a new habit for you, Dr. Millikan suggests we start small. They can be gestures like petting your dog or playing your favorite song. I practiced this concept myself by listening to music while preparing dinner rather than watching the news. It definitely put me in a better mood.
I encourage you if you are not creating more fun in your life, to do so...
Start small and see the difference it can make!
Until Next Time,