The Tuesday Two © – April 16, 2024

This weekend I was able to have a girl’s weekend with my amazing friend Krisit.  Touring her around Three Hills for the highlights doesn’t take very long but included Busy Bee, Three Hills Book Store and the Farm Basket.  Then we did a 45 min walk, took a nap and got dressed up for the local cash dance which is a fundraiser for our local curling club.  Out of the two tickets I purchased I came away with a Calgary Stampeders sweatshirt and not the $15,000 but we had fun.  Fun is important, and something I tend to put off for the “to do” list. 

1.Fun – It is crucial for mental wellness for several important reasons:

Stress Reduction: Engaging in enjoyable and fun activities can significantly reduce stress levels. When you’re having fun, your body releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters that combat stress hormones like cortisol. This can help alleviate tension and promote a sense of relaxation. Even better if you are laughing along the way given the benefits of laughter.

Boosts Mood: Fun activities trigger the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. Dopamine helps elevate mood and can counter feelings of sadness or anxiety. Having regular fun experiences can contribute to an overall more positive outlook on life.

Enhances Creativity and Problem-Solving: Participating in fun activities stimulates creativity and can lead to better problem-solving skills. When you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, your mind is more open to new ideas and innovative thinking.

Strengthens Relationships: Fun activities often involve social interaction, whether it’s spending time with friends, family, or meeting new people. These social connections are vital for mental wellness, as they provide emotional support, companionship, and a sense of belonging.

Improves Resilience: Engaging in enjoyable activities can build resilience by providing a healthy outlet for stress and emotions. It can help develop coping mechanisms and increase overall emotional well-being.

Promotes Physical Health: Many fun activities also have physical benefits, such as exercise, which is known to be beneficial for mental health. Regular physical activity releases endorphins and can improve sleep quality, both of which contribute to better mental wellness.

Encourages Mindfulness and Presence: Fun activities often require being present in the moment, which can promote mindfulness and reduce rumination or overthinking. Being fully engaged in an enjoyable experience can provide a break from worries and stressors.

2.Open – Recently, a job title that I set aside 24 years ago has come full circle in my life. Last June, my contract work took a shift, and there were moments when I felt quite lost. However, I persevered, focusing on staying open to new possibilities. In January, I achieved another long-term goal by being accepted into the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to attend one in-person event and several virtual events, from which I’ve already gleaned invaluable knowledge. Then, at the end of February, while on a work trip for the HVAC company that I am a partner in, I received a text asking if someone could share my contact information with a village in need of a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). I wouldn’t have pursued this position myself, but because I have committed to remaining open to unexpected opportunities, I am now serving as a part-time Interim CAO for a village—and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. So, my advice is to remain open to possibilities. Look for those moments of joy, those experiences that inspire you and fill you with a sense of awe and wonder.

Stay tuned—registration for the Awe & Wonder Women in Leadership Retreat will open next week!

And for those of you participating in the “You Matter” challenge, how is it going? I had an impactful experience last week when I made someone cry happy tears! In case no one else tells you today, remember: YOU MATTER!