Ladies, it’s time to play!

Sedruola Maruska | Leisure Life Coach

When was the last time you took time to play?

I’m a mom of two, a wife, a business builder with aging parents and cancer. I know how hectic and overwhelming life can get. I also know that taking time to play is mandatory.

Did you know that play actually makes you more intelligent? It does! According to this interview with Dr. Martin Korte play promotes brain development by creating new synapses. According to my daughter it “makes more wrinkles in your brain.”

Basically, when we stop playing, our brains don’t work as well or as hard. That means, we find tasks more challenging, and frustrating. Could it lead to burnout? I’d say yes, but I’m no scientist.

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People who keep playing throughout their life will continue to feel the benefit, because play always means thinking things over, learning something new, concentrating on something.

Dr. Martin Korte

Why you should play

In the last eight months I’ve thought about and done more play than I have in many years. Why? Because keeping a positive state of mind, being able to enjoy life and self-care depend on it.

Building a business that asks women to slow down, take leisure time so they can be more productive means I too need to do the same. Believe me, I have. It’s the reason I decided to make leisure (play) my platform.

We all live in a constant state of stress which can overproduce the hormone Cortisol. Which can lead to a weakened immune system, or high blood pressure. I’m not trying to scare you, but these things are serious.

Most of the time we’re stressed about things that could easily be let go. But we’re so focused on looking or acting a certain way we make ourselves sick. . . literally.

So, it’s time to play.

Epic water balloon and water gun fight, white water rafting, parasailing are all new items that have been added to my bucket list. Along with those are games with my family, more parties and quality time with friends.

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Let’s create a synapse revolution! Let’s lower our cortisol levels to normal, boost our dopamine, build our immunity and lower our blood pressure.

In the end, it’s the fun we’ve had along the way to making an impact that we’ll truly remember and cherish.

It’s time to play!

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Don’t be a hot flash

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I know with a title like “Don’t be a hot flash” I could go almost anywhere, but I won’t.

We women of a certain age go through a life change that causes us to have hot flashes.

If you’ve never experienced a hot flash let me see if I explain it to you.

Imagine, for a minute that you’re sitting in a comfortable room enjoying a meal. All of a sudden you begin to feel heat rising as if someone turned a burner on under your seat. You look around and everyone else still looks comfortable, but you’re feeling the sweat burst from you skin, in places you didn’t think you had sweat glands, as if it can’t get to it’s task fast enough. . . that’s a hot flash.

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Hot flashes come at different intervals and stay for different spans of time. They’re intense and then they’re gone.

So, don’t be someone who’s intense & excited about making a change, only to fade just as quickly.

Being like a hot flash is a sure way to experience routine failure.

Instead, decide, focus do and stick with it until it works, or until you KNOW it won’t work. Then, maybe, what you need to do is simply change your approach and try again.

This goes for anything you’re working on doing in life. Do you want to be less busy and more calm? Do the work. Would you like to build a business so you can ditch your day job? Do the work. Would you like to gain weight? Lose weight? Feel better in your clothes? Enjoy more fun times? Do the work.

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Everything comes with some work involved. We had an amazingly fun wedding, but months of planning and working on the details went into it.

Create, commit and stick to a plan and you’ll enjoy more productivity and more fun!

Don’t be like a hot flash, be like an ember with a steady heat that may cool over time, but only if the conditions aren’t right to stick around.


Get in the ready position

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While driving down the highway I slowed slightly to see if the car sitting in the on-ramp actually wanted to get on the highway. . . they’re not ready. . . I drove past.

As I got to the top of the hill, I slowed my car because the upcoming intersection is a tough one to turn left from. . . I flashed my lights, they sat there, I flashed again, they sat there. . . They’re not ready. . .I drove down the hill will the endless row of cars following behind.

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My high school volleyball coach used to say one thing to us over and over, “Get in the ready position!”

As we stood behind the net, waiting for the serve, we’d lean forward and put our hands on our knees, waiting. Anyone looking on would think, we’re ready. But we were allowing fear and doubt to keep us un-ready.

“Get in the ready position!” he’d yell from the sidelines and we knew that meant, stop relaxing with your hand on your knees.

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When leaning forward with hands on your knees, you’re in position to fall forward, not to attack the ball when it comes. It’s inertia. It’s simple.

The ready position is legs apart, leaned forward and arms at the ready by your side.
Anytime we took the right stance, we’d accomplished more because we were ready.

It’s the same in life. Placing ourselves in the ready position gives us more leverage than relaxing, looking like we’re ready, but having our hands on our knees.

Ready doesn’t mean perfect, it means open. That ball is coming any minute now, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to fall forward and miss, or are you going to put your hands where they need to be so when it comes you can hit it?

Many of us are sitting in the on-ramp of life waiting for an opening that will give us a lot of time to get revved up and moving. That can take a long time.

Others, put their car in the ready position and watch for the slightest opening to go for it!

Some of us wait for both sides of the road to be completely clear before we creep in to make that left turn. Others are pulled up as far as possible and watching faces and headlights to see when their opening comes.

Work, prepare, then get in the ready position. Your opportunity may show up as fast as that served ball. You need to be hands down and ready when it comes.