As children we always seemed to have plenty of time to play. We used to live in the land of make-believe, using our imaginations and being creative. As adults our times of play are few and far between. However, I don’t think we need to do away with all of our childish ways completely.
When I was younger and even still now, I’ve always been one to love dressing up, wearing costumes, and dressing for a theme. Maybe that’s why I like that part of Halloween the most. This is when I feel connected to that child-like part of me that still hangs around sometimes. How can we then use Halloween as an opportunity to contemplate how we can add more fun and playtime into our adult lives? I’m not saying you have to dress up and go trick-or-treating, I mean you can if you want to!
What I’m talking about is thinking about the stuff you enjoyed doing as a child. Play a board game, (maybe even host a game night), complete a puzzle, watch movies or cartoons, go to the park, swing on the swing set, color in a coloring book, draw, etc. The point is to do something that feels carefree for an hour or two, taking your mind off of all the adult stress that has been weighing you down.
Giving yourself this break will allow you some time to breathe, relax, smile, and have some fun. You are then better able to approach your projects with a different perspective and probably be more productive. So turn off your technology and go play a little. Happy Halloween!