It's slowly but surely beginning to define life for many of the people I'm talking with. Anxiety imperceptibly builds. Wallets are getting leaner. The flu season is upon us. Pressure to perform at the workplace is increasing. The holidays are around the corner. Relationships are getting strained. A good night sleep is harder to come by. We laugh less and less. Healthy perspectives on life and love and God seem to allude us.
WHAT TO DO?
A first step toward stress relief might be as simple as grabbing your coat and going for a brisk walk. On a regular basis. Or resurrecting an abandoned hobby. Or beginning to explore something that's always interested you.
When I ask people what they do to "play," many of them look back at me with a blank expression. They haven't a clue. Perhaps it's time to discover what that looks like for you - what's fun. What energizes your spirit. What makes you relax. And laugh.
As the days grow shorter and the weather becomes colder, let's agree to consider some positive alternatives to the way most of us handle stress and boredom, especially during the long winter months. The mindless eating of junk food. Zoning out in front of the TV. Aimlessly trolling the internet.
Been there. Done that.
Read on ... and discover why "pastimes count!"