Your boss has you doing overtime. You come home to a sink full of dishes and an empty fridge. You forgot to swing by the grocery store once again, and you’re too tired to eat anyway. You feel stressed out, and you desperately need a manicure.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
What if I told you that setting time aside for play every day won’t make you go broke? What if I told you it could actually help you make more money and attract more of everything your soul desires?
Good news: It really can.
Here are four ways play can change your life.
1) Play raises your frequency
Play is a voluntary action. When we do what we want to do, we raise our frequency.
There is energy within and around us. And we all emit frequency; we attract people and circumstances that emit that same frequency.
Think of energy as electricity and frequency as wifi. Your house is powered by electricity. If there is no electricity, you can’t have wifi.
Here’s the good news: Your wifi is protected.
And the bad news: People who give out the same frequency as we do have the password already saved in their devices.
Now, that could actually be good.
It’s not so good when our frequency is low.
What we think about determines how we feel. Negative feelings block the flow of energy in our body, which messes with our wifi, or our energy field. Our connection is, therefore, low, and all the good things can no longer access us.
Negative feelings change the wifi code, so lower frequency things can connect with us.
Real-world example: A few years ago, I realized that my self-esteem was weak, which made me realize why I attracted people who would put me down.
But let me make this clear: Being ruled by positive thoughts won’t necessarily mean that nothing bad will ever happen to you.
Earth rotates around the sun. So, sometimes there is sunshine, and sometimes there is darkness.
Dark moments are inevitable. They are part of life’s cycle.
However, the thoughts you think and your overall outlook could determine how long this darkness will last.
Positive thinking is knowing that the sun will come out tomorrow. Bad times are but temporary.
Positive thinking also means that if and when those bad things do happen, you’ll be better equipped to move past them, as opposed to staying in a rut.
When we live by fear and are weighed down by stress, we block the flow of energy in our body. By maintaining a positive outlook, we become more aware and become better equipped to deal with the blockage.
Play doesn’t make us forget. Focusing on joy makes us more aware of the things that do not induce similar feelings, and we are able to let those negative feelings go.
Where the money at, though?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: People with higher frequencies attract more money.
When you emit high frequencies, induced by positive thinking, you believe you deserve everything nice. And since you are open to receiving it, it will come to you.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: Money isn’t evil. It’s energy concretized in the form of coins and paper. You use energy to move your car and light up your house. If fuel isn’t evil, neither is money. Both play and money can change your life.
2) Play makes you see your job as a fun vehicle
Hate your job? Play. It really is that simple.
You see that hip-hop dance class that’s just a blast? How would you be able to pay for it without your energy source?
Seeing your job as a source of good ol’ energy makes work easier; that is, until it’s not so easy any more.
Let me explain.
Your job is an energy source. It’s fuel. But it’s also the car that drives you to dance class. What happens when your car has run its course?
You get a new one, because sometimes, repairing it would require too much money or energy.
Since you’re no longer trapped by fear, you look into alternate fuel sources. You find one, and then you quit the current one. Not reluctantly, with heavy baggage—you’ll walk into that office light as a feather and tell your boss that the environment no longer serves you.
Why? Because play changes your mindset. Play develops your imagination. It opens your mind to options.
Dr James Zull, Director of Innovation in Teaching and Education at Case Western Reserve University, and Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, found that the more you have fun, the faster you learn and the faster you’re able to change old habits.
Your mindset is a habit.
Play gives you a willingness to dream. You dream of what you want, and more and more, you start to believe you can actually achieve it. That’s how it can change your life.
Happy experiences make you thirst for more happy experiences.
It breaks the pattern of always focusing on the bad.
You can train your brain to seek out more reasons to be happy by experiencing more happy moments.
If you need further scientific proof, a study conducted by neuroscientist Eleanor Macguire found that your experiences actually change your brain.
3) Play allows you to focus on what you really want to do
This is your new life: Every day, before or after work, you do something that makes you laugh and smile.
As I mentioned earlier, happiness makes you want to experience even more happiness. So, try new things, and you’ll figure out what truly lights up your soul.
Play can change your life, because it helps you escape a job that sucks the life out of you. Sure, not everyone needs to quit their 9-to-5, but a 2011 Gallup poll did show that 70% of Americans hated their jobs. Let’s hope things have gotten better since then.
Maybe you want to switch careers. You’re down with the 9-to-5 life, just not the one you currently have.
The amazing thing is that play opens your mind to choice.
Some people choose certain careers because they felt like that’s what they had to do. There was no other option. But you do have options.
There are so many different ways to play. Remember how we said that play changes the brain? It starts making you see the world along those same lines.
4) Play makes you take yourself less seriously
I mean, I am a businesswoman—I cannot make jokes or use contractions, naturally.
When you play, you shed layers. At my core, I am spirit, and spirits don’t have jobs, they have purpose. My purpose is to help people. And helpers can have fun, darn it!
When I’m jumping up and down on that trampoline, knowing full well that my neighbors think I’m a child (my baby face doesn’t help my case; my three grey hairs do, though), I am not thinking of pending tasks. I’m enjoying the wind and the sun on my skin. I’m feeling my abdominal muscles contract as I bounce and laugh.
Play enables you to live in the moment and appreciate your sensuality.
You need to play and set aside some time for yourself. Play makes for happier, healthier people, and you deserve all the good stuff.
Set aside leisure time that provokes good feelings, not the jealousy that we sometimes get when scrolling through our social media feeds. (So, no, Instagram doesn’t count as play.) Let’s be old school and disconnect for a little. Love yourself better, play and change your life.
Toodles, y’all. I’m off to go play! I encourage you to do the same. Let me know in the comments how you’re going to up your play.