" T h e c r e a t iv e a n dr e w a r d in g u s e o f le is u r e s h o u ld b e a t le a s t a sc e ntra l a c o nc e rn a s the n e e d f o r m e a n in g f u l w o rk ." - P a u l W a c h t e l, T h e Po v e r t y o f Af f l u e n c e
RecreationI s :• Individual IS NOT:• Has personal value • Work• Meaningful • Cumbersome/chore• Fulfilling • Mindless• Promotes joy and happiness • Impersonal• FUNctional• Brings out the best in you • Right or wrong• Connects us in valuable ways • Aimless• Creative • Idleness• Motivating • Sleeping• Refreshing to mind, body and spirit• Voluntary • All consuming• Growth • Compulsive or addictive
Barriers• Time• Money• Fear of failure• Motivation/Energy• Lack of “know-how”• Lack of support from others• No “buddy” to do activity with• Not worthwhile or productive in other’s eyes
Dont let your mindbully your body intobelieving it must carrythe burden of its worries. ~Astrid Alauda
What is good emotional health?• Building and maintaining fulfilling relationships• A sense of contentment• A zest for living, laughing and having fun• The ability to deal with stress and adversity• A sense of meaning and purpose• Maintaining balance• Having Self confidence• Having good self-esteem• Ability to learn new things and adapt to change
Is stress making you sick?• Do you feel out of control?• Do your reactions fit the situation?• Are many of your expectations unmet?• Do you experience painful losses?• Do you believe untruths about yourself?• Are your emotions toxic?• Statistics reveal stress causes 80 – 90% of illness
- Two Forms of Stress - Situational Internal• Weather • Conflict between your• Traffic conscious and subconscious • Your interpretation of a• Other people’s behavior situation• Waiting for the cab :0) • Causes immune system to break down, stress on internal organs • Can result in compromised physical or emotional health
What can you do to relieve stress?S t a y s o c ia l l y a c t iv e – h a v e a s u p p o r t n e t wo r kS t a y p h y s ic a l l y a c t iv e - r e d u c e s d is e a s e , I NC R E A S E S y o u r e n e r g y l e v e lGe t a h o b b y - f in d a c r e a t iv e o u t l e t t h a t is p e r s o n a l a n d me a n in g f u l t o Y OU!B e s e l f r e f l e c t iv e - e x a min e wh e r e y o u a r e & wh e r e y o u wa n t t o b eP l a y - r e c h a r g e a n d r e v it a l iz e y o u r min dHa v e a h e a l t h y d ie t - y o u a r e wh a t y ou eat !B e r e s p o n s ib l e a n d o p e n - min d e d – n o t h in g is e v e r o n e s id e d ,Se e k he l p - be pr oud t o s e e k out o t h e r s t h a t “h a v e s o me t h in g y o u wa n t ” a n d c a n h e l p y o u g e t it !
Relaxing Activities :Take a walk, explore, • SwimGet “lost” in your community and see where you end upCook something interesting • SingWrite a letter to someone, tell them you care • DanceListen to radio, music, sportscast, informational show • Stretch/doDeclutter – a drawer or a room, it’s cleansing light YogaTake a hot bath/shower – pamper yourselfMeditate – focus on breathing, be still/quiet for 15 min. • BirdwatchRead something that really interests you • PeoplewatchSwap unwanted stuff with friends or host a yard sale • Start a gardenLearn “hello” and basic words in another languageVisit the library, church, local community center, park • Volunteer * Most are free or low cost • Plant a treeHave a games night or scavenger hunt • Start a groupRearrange your furniture
How to have more fun in your life:1. Find your playful side2. Define what “play” and “fun” means TO YOU!3. Find examples of people that “play” as you would like to and learn from them4. Invite friends to join you5. Do something “funny” at least once a week6. Laugh at yourself7. Push your boundaries, do something you have never done before, then do a little more!
H a p p y p e o p le :• Have a positive attitude, forgive• Don’t sweat the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff)• Avoid negative people, have happy friends!• Believe in something greater than themselves• Laugh often, laugh at themselves• Seek the good in others and are kind, considerate & patient• Live life with goals, purpose and passion• Have defined morals and values and live up to them• Take time for themselves• Go with the flow• Do for others, share• Are thankful• Love who they are
SUCCESSTo laugh often and much;To win the res pect of intelligent peopleand the affection of children;To earn the appreciation of hones t criticsand endure the betrayal of fals e friends ;To appreciate beauty, to find the bes t in others ;To leave the world a bit better,whether by a healthy child,a garden patch, or a redeemed s ocial condition;To know even one life has breathed eas ier becaus e you have lived.This is to have s ucceeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Essayist & Poet
Successful People:• Are Open to new ideas• Are willing to dig in, work and learn• Are courageous, try new things, are willing to “fail”• Love to learn• Are committed to moving forward• Don’t give up• Are creative• Live well balanced lives• Are fun loving• Focus on their strengths SUCCESS IS 2% talent and 98% showing up!
The happiest of people are rarely the richest, or the most beautiful, or even the most talented. Happy people do not depend on excitement and ‘fun’ supplied by externals. They enjoy the fundamental, often very simple, things of life.They waste no time thinking other pastures are greener; they do not yearn for yesterday or tomorrow.They savor the moment, glad to be alive, enjoying their work, their families and the good things around them. They are adaptable; they can bend with the wind, adjust tothe changes in their times, enjoy the contests of life, and feel themselves in harmony with the world. • Their eyes are turned outward and upward; they are aware and compassionate. They have the capacity to love. - Unknown