Self healing tip of the week: Go outside and play!


Being human can be really serious and challenging at times.

Sometimes you get stuck, people are unkind, life is hard, answers are few, choices are limited. You don't get to have fun and play.

It can seem as if no matter how hard you try, you can't see the bright side of the situation in front of you. Watching the news only makes it worse - it feels like everything is falling apart out there.

Maybe you try harder to get through it, maybe you just hold on and wait for this tough time to pass. Maybe you flail away at it, gnashing your teeth and wondering what went wrong.

What you need right now is to go outside and play.

As a big important adult, you might have forgotten the healing power of play, and the lessons you learned as a child: playing is how you learn and solve problems. You weren't even trying hard while you were playing. You didn't need to try, because play comes naturally.

As a child, it was your job to play. Just because you've grown up doesn't mean you don't get to do this anymore. In fact, it might be more important than ever to remember that you know how to play.

If you've gotten so busy and stressed that you've forgotten, make it your business to remind yourself. Knowing how to have fun can make you a happier healthier person. Give yourself time off to enjoy your life, and you'll find you can more easily let go of whatever was stuck to begin with.

Play can help you to regain your perspective.

This is you practicing your own self healing, and it's worth every minute you give yourself away from your busy responsible life.

You already possess the ability to create healing within yourself and your life, and if you haven't learned to do this yet, now would be a great time to begin.

Begin by asking yourself, what looks like fun? What do you really want to do, experience, or have for yourself? What does play mean to you? Go do it.

“This is the real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” -Alan W. Watts

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