Find your Bubble wrap moment
Just a quick blog today, to encourage you to think about this:
What is your guilty pleasure?
I've just returned from delivering a workshop to a great bunch of university staff and they reminded me of something I used to include in my workshops. We were discussing the benefits of losing yourself in an activity and the feeling of indulging in a 'guilty pleasure.' Examples included, going for a walk, gardening,a hobby, and singing in a choir.
It brought back to me my 'bubble wrap challenge.' I used to, at the end of workshops, bring out a piece of bubble wrap and set delegates away on competing against each other in a bid to pop all the bubbles in the quickest possible time.
It was a great way to return to a fun state, something which stress often robs us of over time. I even recall having a 'bubble wrap popping' game on one of my older websites!
So, returning to my original question, ask yourself; 'what activity do I love, or in which I can lose myself?'
Keep it honest, clean and non-violent, but reintroduce some playfulness or selfish indulgence into your life. Even 10 minutes a day can have some dramatic results in terms of your stress levels and happiness .
Go on, you know you want to ;)
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Dave Algeo, Stressed Guru is a speaker and writer committed to spreading the message - well-being and success need each other. Get in touch to find out how he can help your organisation develop greater success with wellbeing, or learn more about his speaking and workshops.