All Work and No Play?

Summer means vacation for a lot of people and I’m hearing from many clients that they are really trying to unplug.  They know it can be tempting to check email and get sucked right back into the work vortex.

Play is Essential to Mental Health

Corporate Wellness Magazine reports that 84 percent of workers surveyed experienced at least one mental health challenge over the past year, including stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.  The need for play to improve mental health is more important than ever.

How to Make It Happen

Think about how you felt after a really great vacation – relaxed, recharged, reconnected to yourself and others.  How can you recreate that feeling more often?

  • Connection – Even introverts can benefit from gathering regularly with friends and family. All humans need connection to survive, as well as time alone to think and reflect.
  • Exercise – Exercise, especially outdoors, can improve both mental and physical well-being. Organized sports are a great way to combine exercise and connection.
  • Hobbies – Spending time doing something you enjoy puts deposits in the self-love bank. Consider trying something new to stimulate creativity and improve brain health.

Whether you’re planning a vacation or a weekend, what is one playful thing you need to recharge and how will you make it happen?