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Playful by Day, Restful at Night 

A Journal Writing Exercise

· journal writing,Sleep,play

When have you played lately? The answer to that question may affect the quality of sleep you are getting. We know that children need play to develop and grow into healthy adults but did you know that we adults need to play to?

The benefits of play for us adults are many. They include:

1. Getting us into the present moment which is great for our mental and physical health.

2. We get connected to what is really important to us when we take time to play. We are not busy worrying or over-thinking things. Back to the above, we are in the moment. When presence and a centered state take place we are really being our true selves.

Debra, that is all well and good but: why should that matter?

I can tell you from personal experience that when we keep our inner child all bottled up (because we are now grown up responsible adults with more important things to do than to play) - we become: stressed, anxious, feeling a bit "off" but not sure why, and our creativity and dreams get suppressed. Then when we go to bed, our mental activity goes into over-drive (just the opposite of what we want it to do at bedtime). Our minds either want to get creative and come up with all kinds of ideas or we get stuck into a negative state. We begin to worry about opportunities missed or the tasks of the day that went undone. Worst yet, we may dread what the next day will bring because we are getting ourselves into quite an anxious state.

Not exactly the stuff of sweet dreams, right? Hmm....

The solution? To create the time and space to play!

I even have a new motto for my life that I just thought of a few days ago and it is this:

"Be yourself, play, and let the chips fall where they may"!

I invite you to get out your writing journal and explore the following questions:

1. What did you love to do as a child?

2. What activities do you remember doing when you lost all sense of time?

3. What makes you laugh?

4. How would it feel to take an hour, a day, a weekend, a month... and not worry about the to-do list and just be present and have fun?

5. If you did have this time, what would you do?

To be continued...

In Peace,

Debra

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