The purpose of Ryan Wellness is to inspire, encourage and help people to take a holistic approach to their health and wellness. This means we take time to nurture our body, mind and heart. I want to help people create a life they love based on this holistic approach because that’s how we truly make it stick. That’s how we create a healthy lifestyle!
In that spirit, each month, I’m planning share a post about shared experiences. Maybe it’s the P.E. teacher in me… but I really value play. I believe that when we “play” we develop and grow as a person because we approach the task at hand with a sense of fun, curiosity and an open heart. We figure things out as we go. We might even make up our own rules. Most importantly, we put ourselves out there.
Play is defined as doing something for enjoyment and not purpose. But I believe that when we allow ourselves to do something without a purpose that we often discover our purpose. It is through these playful moments that we allow ourselves to get messy, to make mistakes and to experience life. We take off our armor and get real!
Unfortunately, as we get older, we tend to spend less and less time in a state of play. It can feel frivolous and a waste of time. Something for children… This makes adding play into our lives even more challenging. How can we justify spending time on something that doesn’t produce actionable data?
But it’s so valuable to our personal development! Fostering a sense of play can not only add more enjoyment and satisfaction into our lives but it can also help us manage anxiety, foster creativity and create deeper social connections.
It’s an approach that requires practice and something that needs to be fostered and encouraged throughout life. Which is why I’m introducing this new series!
This month, I gathered a small group of friends to my home for some homemade soup, snacks and a walk through of a new workshop I’m offering on Dabble. It was such a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon! I felt so inspired!
The Workshop I’m offering is called, Create a Life You Love.
The idea behind the intro workshop is to take an hour and a half to slow down and step away from the busyness of everyday life to reconnect to who we are and how we want to feel. That can sound intimidating at first, right?! So to make it less intimidating, we took some time to privately brainstorm answers to a few questions and then we began to play.
Everyone received a poster board and then I set out markers, scissors, fun tape, colored paper and glitter glue, which I realized doesn’t dry quickly enough:( Then the fun began. People began to draw, cut out pictures, write down quotes and create their personal Intention Boards.
Just a note to share that none of us were particularly artistic, but that’s part of the fun. We were able to do something that we don’t do very often. And the beauty of these boards is that they are perfectly imperfect. Wish I took some pics, but my boyfriend and his daughter also did this activity with me on NYE and our boards are below:-) they may look simple, but there’s a lot of meaning in each board.
And no cutting out of magazines either. Since we’re creating a life we love I want it to originate from us rather than come from the messages that the media often sends us about what we should want. The focus is on how we want to feel, based on words, images we create, quotes or whatever fits your personality.
We took a short break for snacks and then went around the room and shared what we wanted to from our boards. It was so inspiring to hear everyone share the meaning behind what they had placed on their board.
Grateful that we were all able to share this experience together! I know I walked away energized and inspired. I was so happy to hear one of my friends share, “I loved the event and found it really satisfying and fun and helpful. I feel like I had such a productive day today after it.”
Next month will be Game Night! Yay! Haven’t hosted one of those forever. Was thinking we could play Cranium… Anyone have a game they love to play??
I hope you take some time to add a dash of play into your day! I would love to hear how you make sure play is a part of your life.