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“That’s all they really want, some fun, when the working day is done, oh girls – they want to have fun.” Ok I won’t continue with all the Cindy Lauper lyrics, but admit it…you’re tempted to keep singing it!  And let’s face it, Cindy hit the nail on the head…girls just want to have fun! But life keeps getting in the way and fun keeps getting put on the back burner. But what if we made it a priority?! Yes I’m talking about bringing back the FUN!

I was inspired to write this blog post after a conversation I had with a friend. She had a ton on her plate and felt she was reaching a breaking point. During our discussion she realized she hadn’t done anything for herself in…well she couldn’t remember how long! And she’s not alone, this happens to all of us. And so I ask…

Ladies, where did the fun go? It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind and push yourself without thinking about it. We’re all taking on way too much and adding to our daily stress. Oh that word-stress-such a dirty word! Of course you’ve heard how bad stress is for your health and that includes hormonal health. That’s right, studies have shown that stress affects our endocrine system in such a way that it throws off our hormonal balance. This imbalance has been linked to some unpleasant things like PMS, infertility, yeast infections and lack of libido. Yikes!

So what’s a girl to do? Let’s face it the term “reduce stress” is so overused and quite ridiculous-of course you would reduce your stress if it was that easy! So instead of focusing on reducing stress, let’s focus on increasing the fun! By “adding in” more fun we’re ultimately “crowding out” the stress.

Huh? Think about this: during your “fun” time or “me” time you’re not thinking about anything but what’s happening in that moment! It’s kind of a vacation from your stress. I always say I love yoga so much because I don’t think about anything else while I’m there. That’s an hour and a half without my troubles weighing on me. And after that time away from my troubles they seem manageable.

So what is fun for you? Make a list of joyful activities that reduce your stress and try to incorporate them into your week. Pick two days a week, the same days every week, and schedule your fun time. When it’s part of your schedule you can look forward to it especially when those lovely stresses arrive. It could be as simple as taking an uninterrupted bath or meeting a friend for tea.

So tell us ladies: What’s your favorite fun activity? What do you consider the ultimate “me” time.