Add Everyday Fun to Your Life: 5 Easy Ideas

With all our everyday commitments — kids’ school and extracurricular schedules (PTA meetings! Peewee football!), keeping the house orderly, staying connected to friends and family, climbing the corporate ladder — it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling overloaded with stress and short on everyday fun. Add tasks such as managing household finances and supervising your kids’ Internet use, and you’ll feel like simply making it to the end of a workweek is a downright heroic effort.

While all these time-consuming to-dos are rewarding and essential to your family’s health and happiness, finding ways to enjoy a little everyday fun will go a long way toward zapping that daily stress.

Here are five ways to bring fun back into your life:

  1. Make time for yourself in the morning. With days already long and packed from start to finish, rising even a few minutes earlier might seem absurd — even impossible. But an extra half-hour in the morning can mean a quiet cup of coffee, getting around to a magazine article you’ve been meaning to read, squeezing in a few soothing yoga poses, or preparing a satisfying breakfast. There’s no better way to start your day right than with a little quiet time.
  2. Get moving for 20 or 30 minutes. Countless studies have shown that exercise does wonders for not only our physical health, but our emotional well-being, too. Get your blood pumping and kick your endorphins into gear with a lunchtime stroll around the office parking lot with a friend, a walk up the stairs instead of an elevator ride, a family bike ride around the block after work, or a good stretching session before bedtime. Your muscles — and your mind — will thank you.
  3. Play hide-and-seek with nice notes. With smartphones and social media all but dominating the way we communicate, the handwritten note has become somewhat of a relic. Revive this old art and give everyone in your family something to smile about by taking turns writing nice notes (a simple “I love you” or “Have an awesome day!” will do) and hiding them someplace to be found later in the day, such as in a briefcase, backpack, or textbook. It’ll get everyone into the spirit of sharing happy thoughts and give them something to look forward to when they least expect it.
  4. Break for belly laughs. Designate a family movie night to pop a funny flick into the DVD player (just make sure it’s age-appropriate). Scoring some laughs in the company of your closest companions? Nothing compares. If you can’t carve out a full two hours, remember that the Internet is a gold mine for hilarious videos; cats stealing dog beds is a great example. Just bookmark your favorites, and take a few minutes to watch them when you need a good guffaw.
  5. Be creative. Whether the activity you choose is silly (challenging each other as a family to write goofy new lyrics for your favorite songs), classic (taking turns sketching — or trying to, anyway — each other’s faces), or a bit outside the box (coloring books for kids and grown-ups?), letting your creative juices flow is just one more way to reduce stress and add everyday fun to life in general.

How do you infuse fun into your everyday routine? Tell us on the Dignity Health Facebook Page!

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