Recess is that golden time of day every kid longs for at school. It’s a chance for kids to run wild, forget about what happened earlier in the day, and not think about what’s looming ahead of them. They live totally in the moment, doing whatever they want, playing at full speed.
We could all learn a thing or two about life from our kids. Taking time for the occasional adult recess could do us parents a world of good.
If you are experiencing any of these following challenges, you should take an adult recess as soon as possible.
Extreme Amount of Work Stress
Our jobs can be the number one source of stress in our lives. Sometimes situations at the office spiral out of control to the point where we can’t take it anymore. Instead of walking into your office with your resignation in hand, try taking a recess and see if it improves your mood.
In this case, recess might come in the form of a paid day off – a vacation day if you have a lot stockpiled or a sick day if you have some stored up and haven’t taken one in a while. Go to a movie, try a new hobby or just go for a long quiet walk by yourself.
You’ve Been Downsized
Not having a job any longer can definitely be just as much stress as having a bad job can. If you’ve been downsized, get your applications out there looking for another job. In the meantime, use your nervous energy to decompress a little.
Tackle some new projects, or if you can afford it and you’re confident you’ll find another job soon, go on a weekend get-away. Nothing can put you in a better mood for the challenge of finding and starting a new job faster than a weekend of fun and relaxation.
Having children makes many couples closer than ever before, but having a child to take care of means less time that you can spend doing things as a couple. That can drive a small wedge in your relationship. To get your partnership back on track, you should take an adult recess as a night away from home – just the two of you.
Do what you used to do for fun before you had your baby, and let the carefree feelings come flooding back for a few hours.
Going Back to School
If you’re a working parent who is also headed back to school, you’re not going to have much time to spare for adult recess. So you need to make every minute count. Find something that makes you happy and makes you forget for a few minutes about your crushing schedule and all the commitments you have.
Money can be a huge source of stress, so when you’re hard up for cash you need to find a free way to blow off some steam. It might be playing a game of Frisbee or attending a free concert in the park. The main thing is to find something that relaxes you, just for a little while.
Shannon Serpette is a mother of two and an award-winning journalist and freelancer who lives in Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.