Defining the word “fun” is different for everyone. Some people may enjoy cooking. Others might prefer to sit back and sample a variety of beers or wines. Those who enjoy a little friendly competition might like going head-to-head with others to test their trivia skills. No matter what your definition of fun might be, it seems likely that most people will agree the bottom line is to do something that makes you feel good.
During the pandemic, many people experienced a new paradigm, where they couldn’t do the things they wanted to do because, in many cases, social distancing protocols and disease control guidelines dictated that people shouldn’t gather to enjoy each other’s company. This caused a lot of people to feel isolated and restricted, which caused resentment and anxiety.
Do you remember the last time you had fun? If not, you need to do something about it. Put away the notion that having fun is a selfish, egocentric act, because having fun is actually good for you. And if something is good for you, it’s probably also beneficial to the people you come in contact with. Here are a few reasons why:
Stress. Having fun naturally releases dopamine—also sometimes known as the “feel-good hormone—into your system. Without getting technical, dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is part of your brain’s reward system. Having fun makes your brain chemically happy, which makes you happy, which also leads to a reduction in stress and anxiety. Isn’t it about time we all pushed some of that out of our lives?
Health. When dopamine is released, it lowers the high-stress hormone cortisol. As your cortisol levels drop and your stress is lowered, this also reduces your chance of being impacted by stress-induced ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, among other maladies and diseases.
Sleep. When you physically feel better and less stressed, your deep-sleep patterns should improve, providing you with a relaxing and recuperative rest. Sounder sleep at night generally means you’ll feel better in the morning and will perform better the next day. Getting a good night’s sleep can make you more creative, keep you feeling healthy and young at heart, and give you the energy you need to be more productive.
Memory. If you think about all of the things that are rattling around in your head causing you stress in the first place, consider how much extra clarity you’ll have once that clutter is removed. When you can think better, you also have the ability to remember and recall more efficiently.
There are lots of positive benefits to having fun, so keep doing things you enjoy to maintain a good, healthy, positive attitude. If you can’t go out to do the things you like doing, let LetsVidya bring the fun to you.
You owe it to yourself to feel good again.
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