The Time You Waste is Not Always Wasted

Veronica with Cat Book (1)
What have you done today that was fun? It’s finally spring and everything around us is coming back to life, but have you taken the time to notice?
Have you listened to the sounds of the happy birds chirping as you rise in the morning, or noticed the vibrant colors that seem to be emerging all around you? Have you explored the various fragrances of the new plants and flowers, and sensed how the earth smells differently this time of year?
You may have noticed that we don’t dash from space to space as quickly anymore, because our bodies are less stiff from the cold and less eager for the warmth of an indoor space.
In spring we move toward lightness and hope and it’s a time to savor and enjoy the warmth, but it’s also a great time to shed unnecessary thoughts and feelings.
We all have negative thoughts from time-to-time, even in warmer weather, but what if, in a moment of lightness, we choose to let go of some of the negativity?

 

I wish I could say, “there’s an app for that!” Though there may be many apps that claim to help alleviate stress and anxiety, I prefer using a tried and tested method with my clients of all ages. All you need are some bubbles! Pick some up at the dollar store or make your own with dish soap and a straw. I’ve advised my clients to imagine their negative thoughts being blown into one of those bubbles. Try it and watch how the bubbles form and separate from the wand and then disappear into thin air. Imagine how your body would feel without one of your negative thoughts weighing you down.

If you don’t like the idea of blowing bubbles, think of something else light and whimsical. Try skipping a flat rock across water. Write your name in the sand with your foot. Make a silly face in the mirror. Dance to the music that you hear on the radio. Use the whole box of crayons.

Letting go of our internal darkness helps us as well as those around us. When you do something light it brings awareness to that moment, and during that time you feel fully alive and energized. As a result, you’ll end up carrying that lightness and energy with you throughout your day. You might smile at a stranger, hold the door open for someone, or stop to watch a bird pecking in the grass.

We need to have fun and we need to savor moments of peace and joy. It lowers our stress and anxiety levels and improves our cardiovascular and immune systems. It has also been scientifically proven to make us more attractive, and strengthen our relationships with others. Of course, you don’t need to read all the scientific data to know that having fun just makes you feel better.

Carve out some time to waste on fun stuff! You’ll soon realize, it’s never a waste of time to smile and laugh, or to sit in silence while enjoying nature or watching your children play.

Think about what can you do today that is light and fun, and then, JUST DO IT!

Thanks for taking time to read my blog! Was it fun?! :-)

Karen Stabley, Art Therapy (ATR)

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