Prioritizing Fun: Connect, Play & Have a Blast as an Adult this Summer
Let’s explore something that often gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of adult life: the importance of prioritizing FUN. Yes, you read that right – this is a prescription for fun! Dr. Brooke often encourages her patients to explore ways to prioritize joyful experiences in their lives as part of their health plans. Incorporating playfulness into your days is enjoyable and vital for your mental and physical well-being.
As children, we effortlessly engaged in various activities that brought us joy, sparking our creativity and curiosity. From imaginative games on a rainy day to getting outside to run in the sunshine, playtime was an integral part of our daily lives. Yet, as we transition into adulthood, many of us tend to leave behind these types of experiences, unintentionally sacrificing an essential component of our overall wellness. Little did we know that fun, play, and laughter were contributing to our happiness AND health.
At Brookview Wellness, we firmly believe that true health and vitality extend beyond just the absence of illness and disorder. It encompasses the nurturing of our physical, emotional, and mental states. By rekindling our relationship with play, prioritizing fun, and incorporating enjoyable activities into our routines, we can tap into a wealth of benefits that positively impact our entire sense of being.
Playfulness can reduce stress, improve cognitive function, enhance creativity, foster social connections, boost immune function, and even help us age more gracefully. So, if you’ve ever felt guilty for indulging in moments of pure enjoyment, it’s time to embrace the idea that fun is an essential aspect of a well-rounded, vibrant life.
Explore your favorite ways to seek joy and enjoy fun hobbies with this journaling exercise. Whether it’s exploring new interests, spending quality time with loved ones, or simply allowing ourselves to be silly, there are countless avenues through which you can reintroduce play into your life. By doing so, you empower yourself to experience a heightened sense of vitality, resilience, and overall satisfaction.
Interested in adding more play and joy into your life, but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of local opportunities for connection, engagement, and FUN.
Local Parks & Rec Opportunities for Adults
Hosted by the Town of Fuquay-Varina, you will find a variety of sporting and activity classes available to local residents. The current brochure for information and registration can be found here.
Lots of sporting leagues for adults, adult-only art classes, fitness programs, and opportunities for seniors.
Adult sports leagues, theater classes, dance and fitness groups, and nature walks.
A nice variety of adult athletic programs, cooking and art classes, and group fitness opportunities.
Adult basketball, volleyball, and softball leagues for local residents.
Basketball, yoga, Zumba, line dancing, and programs for seniors.
Unique Local Outdoor Activities
Two local zipline facilities offer individual and group experiences for all ages.
Canoeing, kayaking, and tubing on the Cape Fear River in Lillington, NC. Also, they have glamping grounds!
Enjoy the City of Oaks with options for dinner and tasting tours.
Music for just about everyone with the upcoming concerts at this popular outdoor concert venue.
A huge variety of riding clubs for all experience levels and locations throughout the Triangle.
Weekly meet-ups for runners of all levels and paces, hosted by Pace Yourself Run Company.
Unique Local Indoor Activities
A popular local hangout with nostalgic games and a super fun vibe, even without alcohol.
Ever thrown an axe? It’s more fun than you might think!
Lock yourself in a room with your friends to see if you can solve the mystery to escape.
Board games = FUN! They also host Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and DnD events.
Adults-only skate nights on Thursdays and Sundays.
Pottery classes for all experience levels.
Pottery painting for all ages.
We hope this article encourages you to seek out fun and prioritize it for your overall well-being. It helps us recharge and rejuvenate, enabling us to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience.
Don’t let being an “adult” overshadow the absolute necessity for us to connect, laugh, and play. By prioritizing fun and embracing the activities that bring us joy, we can cultivate a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Let’s make room for fun in our lives and reap the countless benefits it offers.