I’m out for recess!
Yep, I’m living into the things I preach and scheduling breaks over the next 4 days to read, plan for the fall and get a Thai massage. Can’t wait!
What’s the inspiration you ask? Well, let’s hop in the way-back machine… all the way back to elementary school. You’re fidgeting in Mr. Snoresville’s class, watching the clock, waiting for the bell to ring so you can dash out the door because…
You can feel it, can’t you? The excitement of heading outside to unstructured play and 45 minutes of sweet, sweet freedom.
Maybe you settled into a spot on the bus curb and ki-ki’d about crushes. Or you grabbed a basketball to play H-O-R-S-E with the crew. Or maybe you were out on the field choreographing dance moves to the latest song.
Jump rope… swings…whatever… recess was the best!
So what happened? When did the magic of recess get left behind in our memories? How did it get replaced by overwork and burnout? There’s probably a million little reasons, but today…
We’re taking recess back!
And here’s a thought exercise to help you reclaim this precious childhood ritual.
If you heard the recess bell ring right now, what would you want to do with that time?
Need a little help? Here are some ideas.
Growing up doesn’t mean we have to grow out of playfulness, laughter, or meaningful connections. It’s all about finding balance. Stopping to enjoy unstructured time allows us time to chill out, recharge, and refocus. It gives those stress hormones the ole heave-ho and brings back our mental superhero powers.
So take a break this fall from the hustle and embrace the joys found around you. Let’s keep the spirit of recess alive together. You with me?
I thought so… let’s play!