So you’re looking to invite more play into your life – that’s great! While finding time to play when you were a child was easy and unconscious, doing so as an adult presents more of a challenge. We’re all so busy, our lives are filled with the stresses and responsibilities of adulthood, and we’re neck-deep in debt we’ll never realistically be able to pay off in our lifetime, so setting aside time dedicated solely to pure fun needs to be an intentional choice. Here’s how you can work to integrate more play into your life, even though you’re definitely going to be in debt until you die and possibly beyond that.
Decide what “fun” means for you now.
As an adult, it can be difficult to remember what you even like to do, so it’s important to sit down and figure out what actually brings you enjoyment. “Fun” can mean something different for everyone – just remember: no matter what it means for you, unless you stop constantly thinking about how your student loan payments aren’t keeping up with the rising interest rates and how your debt is increasing instead of decreasing, you’ll never truly enjoy yourself!
Prioritize making chores more enjoyable.
So much of adult life is completing necessary, but oftentimes mundane, tasks. Try turning your chores into a game to make these tasks more enjoyable. Instead of stressing over your credit card bill, try stressing over your credit card bill while playing Mancala! Instead of paying well over the recommended 30% of your salary in rent, try putting on a costume and pretending you’re a zany character who has little to no disposable income left after paying their bills! Fun, right?
Set aside time dedicated solely to play.
If you schedule a few hours in the morning where nothing is expected of you except to just have fun, you’ll be more likely to stick to it, which can really improve your general life satisfaction. Plus, two hours where you’re committed to doing nothing but playing, means two less hours where you’re thinking about the suffocating amount of debt you’ve accumulated, and how it will likely be a burden to your loved ones after you die.
If you use these tips in your day-to-day life, you’ll be sure to experience more creativity, engage in more play, and feel more in-tune with your true self – but you definitely won’t erase that $30K worth of credit card debt before you’re buried and rotting in the ground. Just never lose that sense of play!