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!


No watch?

Sedruola Maruska | Leisure Life Coach

In 1999 I stopped wearing a watch.

There was no pomp and circumstance, I just decided, one day, to stop.

Before that, I loved watches. I had a ring watch, and several wristwatches that I wore faithfully. Growing up, it was the one piece of acceptable “jewelry” I could wear to church.

But by 1999 I’d rebelled and was wearing earrings, bracelets, necklaces along with my watch. But in 1999 the watch had to go.

Why? Because one day in 1999 I was leaving my New York apartment to get to the train station to go to work. I left at the same time everyday. There was a window of opportunity that I never missed.

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On this particular day, as I left my apartment and started walking to the train station, I noticed something.

I wasn’t late, I was hardly ever late, but in the two minute walk to the train station I’d looked at my watch 5 times!

That’s when I started to take notice of the thing that caused me to get rid of my watch in 1999.

I noticed my anxiety as it related to time.

Growing up I wasn’t late. Id’ grown up knowing that being on time was respectful and when it was my responsibility to be somewhere, I was there early or right on time, hardly ever late.

But every time I looked at my watch (every 30 seconds or so) I was telling myself, I was late. Knowing I wasn’t, but buying into the idea that maybe I was late.

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It’s a bit odd when you think about it.

We wear watches for time, for decoration or to stay on task. Yet, for some of us, it’s a point of anxiety.

So, one day, in 1999 I decided to stop wearing watches to see what would happen. Would my day get thrown off? Would I start being late? What if I wasn’t able to look at my watch every 30 seconds, what would happen?

You know what happened? Less stress.

Maybe, that timepiece is causing more stress than necessary because it’s an accessible reminder of our perceived slackness.

The imagined ticking clock we have in our heads when it comes to having babies, professional success, getting married or whatever we feel behind on could be tied to our timepieces.

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There’s a time to watch the clock, and there’s a time to forget there’s a clock.

It’s 2019. It’s been 20 years since I’ve owned a watch. In that time I got married (late), I had two babies (late) and my career has changed again (late). But life is grand! And if being late feels right. . . .

Maybe, being late isn’t always a bad thing. Maybe, removing the anxiety of the elusive ticking clock could be good for you too.

Who else wants to stop taking showers?

Who else wants to stop taking showers? | Sedruola Maruska

I used to take a wonderfully long shower every day. Even when we moved to California and my skin started to tear because it was so dry. I bought better lotions and kept showering every day. I never imagined I could stop taking showers back then.

[wp_ad_camp_5]Then I had a baby.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? The baby’s small, so you shower only when someone else is around to make sure they’ll be fine. Or when they begin to walk, you want to be sure they don’t kill themselves, while you’re jumping into a 5 minute “shower” so you won’t smell bad at the end of the day.

Less Showering

I got used to less showering and realized my skin was happier. So, I’ve kept a schedule of showering every other day or two (except if I’ve had too many hot flashes, worked out, or it’s summer). It really depends on how yucky I feel or smell.

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Anyway, after chemo and surgery, when things started to get back to normal, and I had less down time for self-care, I started to wonder how I could keep a self-care schedule that worked with increased activity.

As I looked around my bathroom I noticed pampering products that were languishing. Languishing because my self-care was always on the back burner. After all there was never enough time. So one day I decided to take more than ten minutes in the shower.

The scrubs and oils finally started looking used. Then, in December, I received the dry brushing brushes that were on my wish list. To say they changed my life would be an understatement, they have transformed the way I shower!

I still don’t take showers everyday (don’t judge me) even though my kids are old enough to leave alone. But when I do take a shower, it becomes a full blown spa experience that I’d like to share with you.

Shower Spa Recipe

Let’s start with the ingredients:

  • Dry Brushing Brushes (for face & body)
  • Shower Gloves
  • Shower Gel
  • Sugar Scrub
  • Coconut Oil (or any natural oil)
  • Shower Process

    Step 1: Use your dry brushing brushes to brush your whole body. My brushes came with a diagram, but if you don’t have one, just be sure to brush toward your heart. Starting from the soles of your feet all the way up to your face. Do at least 10 – 15 brush strokes on each area to make sure you’ve loosened up the dead skin.

    Step 2: Get in the shower and rinse right before using your shower gloves and shower gel to remove any last bits of dead skin left behind from the brushing. Rinse.

    Step 3: Use a gentle sugar scrub on your skin (hopefully one that uses a natural oil) and rub all over your body.

    Step 4: Pat dry then rub the coconut (or your natural oil of choice) all over your body.

    The Result

    After my first spa shower my skin was incredibly soft, smooth and smelled so lovely! I suddenly didn’t feel weird not taking a shower every day because it was now a getaway. A respite from everyday and a great way to:

    • [wp_ad_camp_5]stimulate lymph drainage which builds your immunity
    • unclog your pores
    • clear blemishes faster

    So, not only am I enjoying my shower more, I’m also helping my body stay healthy! Talk about a winning situation. Here’s a quick DIY Sugar Scrub my daughter and I made up a few months back, hope it works for you!

    One last note. . . enjoy the process in anything, that’s where the real fun is! Whether it’s a shower or planning a huge event. . . the fun is in the details (not the devil) enjoy it all.

    What’s your favorite thing to do in the shower? Whatever it is, I’m here for it so do tell.