An oftentimes overlooked, yet essential, part of wellness is having fun! Fun can look like a lot of different things, but the point is that you find time in your days and weeks to do things that bring you joy. Our overall wellness does not start and stop at physical health; in a lot of ways, it actually starts with mental health. If you are emotionally and/or mentally unwell, your body will experience the effects of that, which is why it is so very important to make time for activities and hobbies that bring you joy.
In today’s busy world where the day-to-day can get a little hum-drum, it’s easy to get into a routine where work, family, at-home tasks, etc. can fill up all your time. That’s why we at Soybu are here to remind you to make time for yourself! Make time for the things that you love! Do you enjoy the outdoors and nature? Get outside, go for a walk in a local park or on a hike. Do you love sitting in a cozy coffee shop reading a good book? Then, schedule a coffee date for you and your latest read.
If you’re the kind of person that gets life and joy out of your daily Zumba class, gym time or other form of exercise, then you get to tackle two important parts of wellness at the same time. Not to say you shouldn’t still make time for friends or other activities you enjoy, but you’ve got a little easier way to make sure you’re getting in your exercise and your fun time. For those of you who would not put exercise on your fun list, think about other things that you enjoy doing. It can be just about anything – going to see a movie, snuggling up at home with a good book, meeting a friend for coffee, crafting, walking around downtown and taking photos.
So, with many options for having fun in mind, you might be wondering why it’s considered an important aspect of your overall wellness. The No. 1 reason is because when you do things that you enjoy, you release stress; you relax, unwind, forget about the worries of your work week or life. Decreasing stress is absolutely necessary because the body and mind can only handle it for so long before breaking. Panic attacks, depression, meltdowns, mid-life crisis feelings, pain and unhappiness can all result from unmanaged stress that continues to build. Sometimes managing anxiety can require more than just some fun activities, so consider speaking with your doctor or another specialist if you find yourself regularly suffering with stress and anxiety.
Don’t let the day-to-day stresses of life steal your joy. Be sure to make time for the things that feed your soul and give you life. Your mental, emotional and physical health work together, so make time to take care of each. Your overall health and wellness will thank you.