A busy intersection at rush hour. Critical business strategies. Your bank account. Do you feel stress just reading these words?
Our responsibility-filled routines challenge us emotionally and physically, often leaving us drained. It’s time to reverse the stress! A balance between work and play makes us well-rounded and raises our level of contentment.
The obvious place to start? Your local playground.
Your perfect guide? A child.
Any child can give you a tour of the playground: Swings for pushing, rides on the merry-go-round, stairs to climb before whisking down slides, or, the ultimate challenge, the monkey bars. Playgrounds allow for physical exercise without the anxiety of performance. Squirrels, crickets, and shadow-giving trees offer a glimpse of semi-nature. Even the most urban environment features the giggles and shouts of children, the rhythmic squeal of swing sets, and a great place to picnic. Families of all backgrounds and configurations meet and mingle.
All of these aspects provide cues to the brain that it’s okay to relax. Side effects may include childhood memories, new friends, and the euphoria that comes from swinging so high you feel like you might touch the sky. There’s no better way to lift the spirits.
Find a playground and reverse the effects of daily stress. Go ahead and sweat. Wear yourself out!
Good old-fashioned exhaustion connects us physically and emotionally to our core spirit. That connection in turn lays a foundation for a creative, healthy approach to life.
Know that within yourself—only a layer beneath your exterior hurry and anxiety—lies someone that still delights in ladybugs and sandcastles. The act of playing peels back that outer layer, cleanses away pain and fear, and resets you on the path toward wellness. Our classes on heart forgiveness underscores this essence of you.