As a show of support for this important week, embrace your inner child by indulging in one of these kid-approved pastimes!
Taking a Nap
Back in kindergarten we all hated naptime, but as adults it seems we’ll jump at the opportunity catch some extra shuteye. It’s a good thing too! Research has proven that power naps, ideally around 20 minutes, can really improve alertness and motor skills. So don’t fight the urge — be a kid again, and catch those z’s!
Kids know how to have fun and make lovely decorative art with the simplest of supplies. You may be beyond macaroni necklaces and googly eyes, but you’re never too old to draw outside the lines and get creative! Try turning your goals and dreams into an actual work of art; it might provide the dose of motivation you need, and could even be fun! Paint bars are popping up across the country too. Get a group of friends together, pour a glass of wine, and paint your stress away.
Limiting Your Screen Time
ell phones and computers have become crucial parts of our daily lives, but that comes with a downside, too. Too much screen time can have negative effects on your eyes, brain, and even sleep cycle. Also, cutting back on your screen time means you have extra time for more meaningful, real-life connections — and the next adult friendly kid activity on this list!
While outdoor time is often a standard part of a child’s day, most adults spend an inordinate amount of time within four walls. Vitamin D is essential to your health and getting out in the sun will help increase your levels. Grab your shades, and add a quick walk to your lunch break, or enjoy your book outside this weekend. Your body will be thankful for the fresh air, the change of scenery, and the extra dose of Vitamin D!
Children eat junk food without a second thought, but as we get older we become more conscious of what we put into our body. You might be relieved to learn, however, that chocolate doesn’t need to give up its spot on your shopping list. Dark chocolate, that is. With many proven health benefits — from providing essential nutrients and antioxidants, to possibly lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease — chocolate is one treat you don’t need to resist!
Getting Excited About the Little Things
Children are amazed and engaged by even the smallest of surprises and the simplest of beauty. As adults, however, our to-do lists can often soak up our attention, robbing us of the opportunity to stop and smell the roses. Embrace your inner child, and try slowing down to appreciate one small thing every day that you might not ordinarily give thanks for.
You’re probably past worrying about monsters under your bed and entertaining imaginary friends, however the wonderment and curiosity that sparked those fantasies shouldn’t be forgotten! Kids think of the wildest and most wonderful things. So much so, that they are the most successful participants in the famous Marshmallow Challenge! Exercise your inner child and think outside the box for new and innovative ways to achieve your goals.
Getting Regular Exercise Too
As little as 15 minutes of cardio exercise can have a significant impact on your health and physical fitness. Children run around and get their fair share of “working out” each day, and you should too! Find a routine that you truly enjoy and those 15 minutes will fly by.
Your mom may not think it’s appropriate to call of your friend’s parents when you want to see them anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should limit your interactions to social media pages and texting. Call up a friend and make plans to spend time together in person with your phones away! Social interaction is a key element to mental health and happiness, so make a play date and have some fun.
And by juice box, we’re obviously talking about wine. Yes, wine in a box is a thing! Easy for travel and on-the-go wine drinking, wine boxes are definitely worth a try. Plus, studies have shown that drinking a glass of wine a day has positive benefits for an adults’ health. Just remember to enjoy responsibly!
A version of this post was previously published on jscreen.org and is republished here with permission from the author.
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