HEALTH: Your Rx — Make time to play and have fun |

HEALTH: Your Rx — Make time to play and have fun

Catherine Fenske
Free Press Health Columnist
Catherine Fenske
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“Help me remember to take care of my heart. Teach me how to play, that I may serve You better.” — Alan Cohen

I think as “doing” beings so much of the time we lose our ability to play and “be.” We get so caught up in achieving, winning, collecting and savoring accolades and awards and proving our worth to others that we lose our sense of play. Playing, as an adult value, is so underrated.

And yet, if we do take time to play, we see the enormous value that it brings. It relieves us of stress and recharges us. It makes us laugh and lifts our spirits. It brings us into the “now”, the moment at hand and helps us forget about any challenges we may be facing. Play is crucial for creativity and imagination and contributes in a positive way to our health and well-being, not to mention our happiness and balance.

So why do many of us stop playing somewhere between childhood and adulthood? We are taught that we must be responsible and we must work and somehow play doesn’t fit into the equation. We forget how to play and get lost in our responsibilities of being adults. Even though play is a time we feel most alive, we forget and become complacent in a life void of much fun.

I am writing this because for a time recently I had lost my sense of play. I was in the midst of yet another life-changing and challenging event, being faced with a major move for the second time in a year. I don’t think I had yet recovered emotionally or physically from the first one when the second one took place. I was tired, stressed to the max and forgetting to take care of my heart in the process. I had forgotten how to laugh and play.

Now I look back on this recent event and see the silver linings and opportunities that came with it in spite of the challenges I was faced with. And now I have reconnected with playfulness in my life and my spirit is alive once again.

Play can show up in so many different ways and you know it when it does because you feel energized and recharged again. For me it has been taking the time to play ball with my dog, meditating consistently once again, reading, writing, going for walks and enjoying nature. It has been taking the time to laugh and connect with good friends. It has been taking the time to see the beauty and God in even the smallest things around me.

Fun and play for me have been reconnecting with an old friend and taking a motorcycle ride to a small, historic Colorado town and having lunch and browsing in shops. The feeling of freedom to be back on a motorcycle, smelling the freshness of the mountain air and the sun on my skin, was a much needed refreshing and fun adventure.

This allowing myself to take the time to play again has brought back the child-like imagination and creativity in me and motivated me to serve once again. It has raised my vibration and increased the passion of the life force within me. Even though it was a small piece of time in the scheme of things that I wasn’t taking the time to play, the contrast is not diminutive. I know that for my mental health, my spiritual health, my creativity and my overall well being I need to have play in my life and take care of my heart.

My challenge to you this week is to take the time to play. In order to have balance in your life you must. It is not a luxury to play, it is a necessity. In playing you will not only be serving your own best interests, but you will be serving the best interest of all that is.

Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-640-6987 or email at Visit or her blog at

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