One day I met a very interesting cat. He was very friendly, curious, playful and full of life. I started to consider what it would be like to live as a cat, how wondrous it would be not to have to deal with the stress that we humans go through on a day to day basis. Sounds like a dream, huh? Well… I wouldn’t say it’s impossible…
Okay, before I start to sound crazy I don’t literally mean being a cat but instead adopting cat like behaviour. I think too often do we allow ourselves to kill that inner curiosity we have and stick to what we think is safe as well as suppress our playful sides for fear of being called stupid or immature. However, by doing this we suppress our creativity and the level of happiness we can feel from life.
Being playful is being in touch with oneself.
Here’s a few steps that we can all take to be a little more playful:
- Dance – It took me too long to stop being so uptight and worried what people think of my dancing. Who cares what others think! Just let go and start dancing, it’ll make you feel a whole lot better!
- Sing as loud as you can! Even if you’re on your own in your house. You’ll relax the body and produce so many endorphins that you’ll just want to pounce at the next fun activity that comes along!
- Don’t beat yourself up – I think this is one of the most important thing. Try to let go about these preconceptions of how you should look or what you should feel. Be honest with yourself, but always stay positive!
- Laugh… and laugh a lot! Do activities that can help you laugh and feel happy: Tell jokes to your friends or go and see a funny movie.
So give it a try… you’ve got nothing to lose (except those negative feelings!)