This may sound strange, but hear me out. We all need time for creative play, even as adults, though oftentimes we don’t make time for it. I picked up the idea from a super cool entrepreneur called Michelle (the When I Grow Up Coach!) when I participated in a career class recently. She emphasized the importance of making time for 30 minutes of creative play each week. The goal is to do something creative for your own enjoyment and without strict rules or objectives. Just play to your heart’s content. No judgement. No expectation. Only the freedom to play.
This will look different for each of us: some may choose to knit, while others will use the time to paint, write, play an instrument, or even do math – (There are people who find it fun, I swear!) I wrote it into my planner last week and actually stuck to it. How gratifying it was to release stress by having some me time that didn’t involve staring at a screen while passively sitting. There was no pressure to meet a deadline. No one checking my work. Just me, some art supplies, and my ideas.
We mark it on our adult schedules to (almost) guarantee that it occurs. We all have the time; it’s just a matter of designating a small block of time solely for that purpose. Thirty minutes out of a whole week may not seem like much, but I think it has the potential to make a big impact. Being an adult rules.