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Wellness: Add Fun!

Learn about brain power/cognitive energy used to pay attention and learn.

Make a "Joy List"

When you are in a good mood, make a list of things that bring you joy. 
Make sure they are things you can control. 

Good idea: Do something for others.

Add some FUN to your LIFE: Tips A-Z: Try some of these!

Act like a kid
Ask a friend to attend a special event in your community with you
Ask someone to watch a movie with you
Asking someone to listen to you
Attend a support group
Attending a workshop or lecture on a subject of interest to you
Avoid caffeine
Ballet
Balloon ball: There are endless ways to play with balloons indoors. Try to keep it off the ground or just play catch.
Baseball
Basketball
Be with people who love me
Biking
Blogging on the internet
Boating
Bowling
Bubble bashing: Blow bubbles and smash them.
Bubble wrap attack: If you get bubble wrap in the mail, jump on it until it's all popped.
Buy a beautiful card, write yourself a friendly note,  and send it to yourself
Call a friend or family member
Calling my parents
Canoeing
Cook something familiar
Cook something new
Creative affirming activities like painting, singing, dancing, cooking
Cycling
Dance party: Turn on the music and dance!.
Do laundry every day instad of all at one time
Do something “normal” like washing your hair, shaving or going to work
Do something nice for someone else
Do something that makes you laugh
Doing a favor for someone
Doing a relaxation exercise
Drawing or painting
Eat three healthy meals per day
Exercise with a friend
Extra rest
Field Hockey
Fly a kite
Focus on and appreciate what is happening right now
Follow the leader: get a workout video
Football
Freeze dance: When the music stops, freeze in your pose and hold it until the music begins again.
Frisbee
get a haircut
Get a medication check
Get a second opinion
Go barefoot
Get some little things done
Getting a haircut
Go for a walk
Go to a sport complex and play Laser tag
Go to a zoo
Go to an exercise gym to exercise around other people.
Go to the library and check out a book, magazine or movie
Golf
Gymnastics
Hallway bowling: Fill up water bottles and use any ball you have.
Headstands
Hiking
Hockey
Hop like a bunny or frog, squat and waddle like a duck, etc.
Horseback Riding
Hula hooping
Ice Skating
Imagine what you want your life to be like, and make plans to get closer to that idea
Invite someone to join you for lunch
Jogging
Journaling–writing in a notebook
Juggling
Jump rope
Jumping jacks
Kick a can down a street
Lifting weights
Listen to music
Listening to someone else
Listening to the radio
Look at pictures and scrapbooks
Look for things to be grateful for
Make a date with your partner to do something fun
Make a list of your accomplishments
Make a list of your favorite things
Make a "Joy" list of things - that you have control over - that bring you pleasure (try to do at least one joyful thing a day)
Make music
Meditating
Nap for 45 minutes
Obstacle course: Create a furniture course in your apartment or take chalk and make a course outside.
Paintball
Pillow fight
Ping-Pong
Play Hopscotch
Playing a musical instrument
Playing catch with friends
Playing with your pet
Popcorn pushups: Put a small bowl of popcorn on the floor. Lower yourself down and stick out your tongue to get a piece of popcorn with each thrust.
Practicing Yoga
Put on a favorite outfit
Put positive affirmations on index cards, slip them in a drawer to be discovered later as a treat
Quietly sit and breate deeply for 5 minutes
Read
Relaxation and stress reduction exercises
Repeat positive affirmations
Researching an interesting topic at the library
Rock Climbing
Roller Blading
Roller Skating
Running
Say nice things out loud to yourself  when no one is around
See a counselor
Sewing, knitting, crocheting
Shooting hoops
Sing
Skateboarding
Skiing
Smile at everyone you see
Snapping photos
Soccer
Sock skating: If you have hard floors, put on socks to skate around. Try spins or hockey stops, or see who can slide the farthest.
Softball
Spend ten minutes writing down everything good you can think of about yourself
Spending time with family
Spin in a circle until you are dizzy, then flop down on your bed.
Study Nature
Surround yourself with people who are positive, affirming and loving
Swimming
Tae Kwon Do
Take a bubble bath
Take a nap
Take a warm bath
Take medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal supplements
Take time off from home or work responsibilities
Taking medications daily
Taking vitamins and food supplements
Talk to a friend
Talk to a health care professional
Tell someone how much you appreciate them
Tennis
Thank someone for something they have done to help you
Trampoline
Treadmill
Try an online support group
Unicycling
Using a lightbox, or window to trace a picture
Volleyball
Walking
Watch a video
Watching favorite TV show
Wear something that makes you feel good
Wearing a brace to protect a hand or back from strain
Weightlifting
Wii sports games
Write a letter to future you
Writing in a journal
Xeriscape your yard
YouTube has lots of funny, uplifting, crazy videos….set a timer!
Zest a lemon and use the shreds in a smoothie or muffin mix

 

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