How to Inject More Fun Into Your Life
How’s the Fun area on your Project Me Life Wheel looking these days? Maybe you’re feeling stuck in a rut and your fun-o-meter is registering ‘bored’, or you simply don’t have time to focus on fun.
In the wake of everything else that needs doing, it’s easy to neglect this important area of your life. And when the fun dries up, so do you.
We all have our own definition of what’s fun. And that definition changes at different stages of your life. Rather than comparing the Fun area of your life to what it was BC (Before Children), redefine what fun means to you at the stage you’re at right now.
Imagine that your life story is made into a book… It begins with your childhood, followed by early adulthood. Then starts your motherhood chapter – all about raising your family. The entire second half of the book centres on your life after your child or children have flown the coop.
Each chapter has its own subheadings. If you’re in the big, juicy parenting chapter, which subheading are you currently in? Deep in the baby/toddler trenches? Primary school with a bit more flexibility? The teenage years?
This parenting-kids-who-still-live-at-home period may feel long now, but in the bigger scheme of things, it’s but one chapter of your life.
Always remember: you have much more of your life to live after your kids become adults.
This doesn’t mean waiting until then to start having more fun again – on the contrary. The more fun you weave into your life now, the easier it’s going to be to continue to have fun later on. Fun is a mindset. Keeping a sense of light-heartedness and fun is a quality that’ll always serve you well.
Even if you don’t have a lot of spare time or energy to go out looking for fun, don’t resign yourself to thinking that your fun days are behind you. If you have an absolute laugh playing with your child, do count that time towards the Fun area of your life. All laughter is good laughter! But if you’re in need of some kiddie-free fun, don’t feel guilty about it.
Regular doses of fun will save you from morphing into a dull mama who only knows how to dish out commands and has forgotten how to laugh and let go. Your kids will love you for it. And when they leave home, the transition into the next chapter of your life will go a lot more smoothly if your fun hasn’t depended entirely on them.
Get your cogs turning about how to inject more fun into your life. Use the Project Me Fun Seeker Action Sheet to explore what fun means to you. Some ideas can happen now; others may have to simmer gently on the back burner until you have more time, freedom or money. It’s fun in itself to get juiced up about future fun and begin any preliminary research or planning. If you think of any friends or family members you’d like to join you, jot their names next to your ideas.
You may draw a blank on some of the questions at first. Don’t judge yourself for this. Leave it for now and you may find that over the next few days and weeks more ideas will flow once you’ve opened up the channels.
Don’t just look at the questions. The answers will only flow freely when you put a pen to paper. If you don’t have a printer handy, write your answers in a notebook, journal or the nearest piece of paper.
In the comments below share any ideas you have to inject more fun into your life – or what you’re already doing. How much attention do you give the Fun area of your life? Which section of the parenting chapter are you in right now? I’d love to hear from you.
ps: Head here for how to form a Power Posse with friends to work on your Project Me together. You can use the Fun Seeker Action Sheet to brainstorm together. Read more about Fun and Friendships in my book, Project Me for Busy Mothers: A Practical Guide to Finding a Happier Balance.
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