When our energy starts to decline, we get into a terrible cycle: we do fewer and fewer fun things because all of our energy is needed for the necessities. The more we're focused on survival, the worse our energy seems to get. We become more serious - whether we realize it or not. Fun activities become even more infrequent. The quality of our interactions start to decline. And that's when we start to notice the sad faces on our children as we've hit that point where our lack of energy is really impacting them too... At least that happened to me, and I know I'm not the only one who has ever experienced that.
So what can we do about it? I won't tell you there's a single "cure-all", however bringing fun back into your life is one thing that will help your energy level - not to mention your mindset and your relationships!
The extent of your tiredness will determine how you start reintroducing fun into your life. If you've hit bottom, like I did, you will have to start slowly and gently.
- Find the things that bring a smile to your face and don't require a lot of activity: for me, blowing bubbles does wonders! I have a friend who loves to sit and swing. Go to the park and feed the ducks.
- Engage with your children in a game that you enjoy as much as they do - just make sure at first that it's short enough you'll be able to stay attentive. You want to have fun yourself AND have fun with your kids, making it a successful interaction!
- Then slowly, with this and other strategies, you will be able to increase the activity level of the fun: being able to walk through the park, flying a kite with your kids, going swimming...
And in time, the cycle will reverse: the fun will feed your energy, and your energy will fuel more fun!
So tell me below: what fun activity will you add back into your life?
(Photo credit: Gabby Orcutt)