All Work and No Play?

Do you find yourself burning out at the end of a long day?  Does it seem to carry over into the next day until you feel burned out for your whole week?  Well, you have the weekend, right?  But it seems that your weekend just goes by so fast and then on Monday morning you have to start all over again.  And on and on the cycle keeps repeating itself until you may have a nervous breakdown or even become chronically fatigued.

Does this describe how you may be feeling right now?  I know for me this is exactly how I have been feeling ever since I lost my job a little over a year ago.  In my hunt for a new job and my quest to start a business on the side that could produce income, I have been constantly working and working and working!  Even if my activities involved other good things like reading personal development books, listening to encouraging podcasts, or volunteering to teach Sunday School at my church, I still felt completely drained every single day, week, and month.  It was starting to negatively affect my physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being.  What to do? What to do?!?!

This past weekend, I discovered the answer : PLAY!  Yes, I am talking about going to a children’s playground with my family for my nephew’s birthday and chasing each other around playing tag, having a game of flag football, hanging from the monkey bars, and swinging on the swing set.  Not only did it physically make me feel better, but also I started smiling and laughing which made my mood more positive.

So if you are feeling down in the dumps, stressed out, or just tired, take some time out and go PLAY!  Chase your kids around the yard.  Play a game of soccer or volleyball with some friends.  Pick out two sticks and play light sabers with your nephew.  Laugh, scream, and let it all out!  And if that does not begin to make you feel better, then go play again tomorrow and the next day and the next!

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



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