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Navigate your hectic life 

Practical tips for maintaining a lighter heart while caregiving

A mid day-to-day chaos, it becomes helpful to nurture a playful mindset. Embracing playfulness not only helps us navigate through the challenges of our schedules with a lighter heart, but it also infuses joy and creativity into our lives.

In this article, I will share some practical tips that I hope will help you cope with your busy routine, allowing you to find moments of respite and rejuvenation.

Give yourself a smile
Laughter holds incredible power in alleviating stress and maintaining a playful mindset. Despite the drama around us, seeking out moments of humour and finding reasons to laugh becomes essential. Whether sharing funny anecdotes with colleagues, watching a comedy sketch during lunch breaks, or keeping a collection of hilarious memes handy, laughter should be embraced as a contagious elixir. Through laughter, we spread joy, release tension, and create a lighthearted atmosphere that helps us navigate.

Celebrate small victories
In the midst of dealing with appointments, medication scheduling and routines, it is easy to get caught up in the never-ending to-do list, overlooking the importance of celebrating small victories along the way. Acknowledging and rewarding ourselves for completing tasks or reaching milestones is crucial, no matter how insignificant they may seem. By taking a moment to appreciate these small wins, we create a more positive atmosphere for ourselves and others. Suggestions include:

• Treat yourself to a mini dance party.
• Pamper yourself with a sweet indulgence
• Bask in a moment of relaxation with a book.
These small celebrations uplift our spirits and motivate us to keep going.

Embrace playful breaks
Scheduled breaks are not only necessary for maintaining productivity but can also be transformed into opportunities for playfulness. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through your phone during breaks, engage in activities that awaken your inner child. Playing a quick game, solving a puzzle, or indulging in colouring therapy can rejuvenate your mind and infuse you with renewed energy. These playful breaks allow us to approach our tasks with a fresh perspective and a revitalized spirit, making the overall experience of our busy routines more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Infuse creativity
Creativity and playfulness are inseparable companions. Even when our schedules seem overwhelming, finding ways to infuse creativity into our daily routines is essential. Doodling, brainstorming wild ideas, or seeking innovative solutions to problems can ignite your imagination and foster a lighthearted approach to your work. 

By nurturing your creative side, you will unlock new perspectives, enhance problem-solving skills, and maintain a sense of wonder amidst the busyness. Infusing creativity into your routines adds a touch of playfulness, making the journey more engaging and rewarding.

Cultivate a supportive
Playfulness flourishes in an environment that is supportive and lighthearted. Encouraging your colleagues to embrace playfulness through team-building activities, theme days, or sharing jokes and funny stories will create a vibrant and joyful atmosphere. By fostering a playful environment, we boost morale and cultivate a sense of camaraderie and unity. It becomes easier to navigate the challenges of our hectic lives when we have a support system that encourages playfulness and light-heartedness. Together, we can make the journey more enjoyable and meaningful.

A playful life
Embracing a playful mindset becomes a powerful tool for maintaining sanity and finding joy. Through laughter, the celebration of small victories, playful breaks, nurturing creativity, and cultivating a supportive environment, you can infuse playfulness into your busy schedule. Remember, this brings joy, reduces stress, and enhances productivity. So, don’t forget to let your inner child come out to play and embrace the beauty of a playful life! 

Faith Wood is a Canadian novelist and professional speaker who focuses on helping groups and individuals navigate conflict, shift perceptions and improve communications.

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