Remember when you were a kid and Summer vacation was about to end? We tried to cram every bit of fun into that final few weeks. Well, we don’t have to be kids to make time to play. In fact, playing is healthy at any age. Playtime brings balance to the work and chores of our daily lives. This is the perfect time to start making time for the fun things that make your soul sing. Here are some ideas to enjoy plenty of playtime at Summer’s end and year-round:
- Retreats are like summer camps for adults. You can search online to find a retreat near you, like my Sense-ual Woman Retreat Day. We’ll be having lots of fun dancing and exploring together! Retreats come in all shapes and sizes so there’s something out there to fit everyone’s idea of fun.
- Go back to school…yep, I said it! Just like I did! Take a class to learn something new or up your skill level in something you already do. The best thing about my dance classes is watching students open up to trying something new. Their childlike amazement at the beautiful movements of Belly dance always make me smile.
- Summer is about cool treats. Why not host a frozen yogurt party. Invite your favorite people and set out scrumptious toppings. Then dig in! Spending time, enjoying treats with friends is always fun.
- Break out the games! Twister, Balderdash, Pictionary…whatever games you love. Get them out and play them with friends and family. Family game night is a great way to play and anyone can do it, no matter what age or stage of health you’re in.
- Vacation in your own town. Spend the night in a local hotel and act like a tourist for a day or two. We often neglect getting to know all of the interesting places in our own backyards like we would when we travel far away from home. You’ll be surprised what your hometown has to offer in fun activities.
- Hit up the street fairs, farmer’s markets, or even thrift shops and find art that reminds you of summer and the playtime activities you love. Having things in your home that keep playfulness alive year round can really make cold or rainy days seem less oppressive, especially if you’re prone to weather induced melancholy.
- Don’t forget to get plenty of relaxation time too. Timeouts makes our playtime even better. Try making a special garden spot so you can use it to recharge year round. I have several to suit every mood. I put out bird feeders and butterfly and animal friendly plants so that I can watch the wildlife play, too.
These are just some fun ideas for inspiration. How do you play? How do you keep that summer feeling alive year round? Please share your thoughts!
Until next time!
Sense your Power, Seize the Day™!