How much fun do you have during an average week?
Did you just spit out your drink laughing when you read that question?
If you are like most of the physicians I coach, the concept of having fun in the week may seem laughable.
After all, how can you possibly find time for all of the usual demands on your time, let alone have fun?
Fun is why we dream of vacations – that’s the time we give ourselves permission for fun. And yet, how often does the vacation not fully deliver the fun you were hoping for? Or how many days of a week vacation does it take for you to start relaxing and enjoying yourself?
Lack of fun and play in our weeks makes our lives harder.
But it also drives eating and makes your weight loss harder.
If you ever find yourself eating because you deserve a reward or just need a break, this is a skill you need to work on.
And the good news is, adding some fun and play to your life can fit into a busy schedule.
First Step: Listen to this week’s podcast episode with Dr. Kristin Yates, host of the “Imposter to Unstoppable” Podcast to learn why play is important and how to create space for fun. It’s a super fun episode 😆 (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun – but it is a really fun interview). Click here to listen now.
Kristin Yates is a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician, author and Life Coach. She hosts the podcast “Imposter to Unstoppable” which normalizes the experience of imposter syndrome among physicians (and all humans, really). She is a co-author of the book, “The Chronicle of Women in White Coats 3”. She creates adventure retreats that help professional women regain their confidence and find balance through play.
She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, 3 daughters and dog Chia. She loves reading, cooking, laughing and hiking. Her Human Design is Manifesting Generator with a 6/2 profile. She has a B.S (Biomedical Sciences) and B.A (Psychology) and from SUNY-Buffalo, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She earned my medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri.
Next Step: Start looking for opportunities to give yourself permission to play. These opportunities exist throughout the day – we’ve just been trained not to see them as grown-ups.
I’ve been working on this in my own life since doing this interview. What I notice is how rusty playing and being goofy can feel. And yet, I can see the benefit of re-learning to relax and let go more often.
What do you notice when you start applying this in your life?
Go have some fun!
Listen to the full podcast episode below.