The Work & The Play: Getting Dressed

I was very anxious and depressed, so I did “the work” and it helped. I also joined an improv class and starting doing “the play” and it helped, too. Together they changed my life. Here's the first in a series of ways to work/play in everyday situations.

Getting Dressed. 

Okay, maybe I’m insecure and don’t feel worthy or enough, but if I can dress cool, my hope is that you’ll compliment me and make me feel complete. 

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The Work:

Dress wrong. 

Button up your shirt off by one button. Or leave your laces untied. Or wear that shirt with the mustard stain. Practice being imperfect. You’ll spend all day feeling the fear of someone saying something. But they won’t, because they don't want to embarrass you. If they do say something, you can say “How embarrassing, thank you!” and make them feel like a hero. Making others feel like a hero, that’s what heroes do.  

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The Play: 

Wear fun socks.

Two different, multi-coloured socks. Wear some with cartoons, or messages on them. For an even more hidden playful side, wear wild underwear. Something to make you feel fun, and it’s just for you, and I guess, anyone that sees your underwear.

 

 

The Work & The Play: Getting Out of Bed

I was very anxious and depressed, so I did “the work” and it helped. I also joined an improv class and starting doing “the play” and it helped, too. Together they changed my life. Here are some ways to work/play in everyday situations.

Getting Out of Bed.

If I stay in bed, the day won’t start. Days are so full of potential pain and suffering, and beds are so comfy and warm. Honestly, why would anyone leave here? To pee? I’ll get a bucket. To eat? I’ll order in. To go to work? Pfffft, they’re not paying me enough. Avoidance for the win.

But if you stay in bed long enough, the thoughts will come in about how you’re late for work and you can’t just stay in bed all day and waste your life like a loser with no goals and die a failure all alone, and suddenly the bed is pain, too. Way to ruin beds, brain!

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The Work:

Put your alarm out of reach.

You want a practical solution for the struggle to get up? This is it. Force yourself to get up and get that alarm. I’m not saying it’ll put you in a good mood, but you’ll be out of bed. Even just for the amount of time it takes to turn it off and collapse back into bed. Then get annoyed again when you realize you hit snooze instead of turning it off. 

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The Play: 

Get up on the wrong side of bed.

When people say, “Someone got out the wrong side of the bed this morning,” they’re referring to grumpy people. But you’ll start your day less grumpy if you get up in a fun way. In fact, get out of the bottom of your bed. Wriggle under the covers until you just fall out the bottom.

Or for bonus points: just stay in bed. 'Cause beds are comfy!

 

 

 

The Work & The Play: Waking Up

I was very anxious and depressed, so I did “the work” and it helped. I also joined an improv class and starting doing “the play” and it helped, too. Together they changed my life. Here's the first in a series of ways to work/play in everyday situations.

Waking Up.

Some people wake up with a smile and jump out of bed laughing and throw the curtains wide open to look at their ocean view and take a deep smell of the world. Others wake up with disappointment that another day of pain and suffering has been forced upon them, already knowing what this world smells like.

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The Work:

Be grateful.

Specifically find 5 things to be grateful for. Take a moment to focus on a few good things before you set to work focusing on what’s wrong, or could go wrong. They don’t need to be huge. Be grateful that you have a bed and sheets and a pillow. That’s three. Two more and you’re good to go.

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The Play: 

Masturbate.

No, this isn't my answer to everything. But it is a way to have fun, and this is the last we’ll speak of it. Wake up and play. With yourself.

 

 

 

How Improv Helps Your Business

Next time you’re looking for some “mandatory fun” to give your employees, think about doing an improv workshop. Not just because everyone will be laughing hysterically and having a great old time, but because it’s actually beneficial. I mean, sure skydiving paintball is fun, but what are you really getting out of it? Skydiving paintball does sound really fun, though.

Doing stuff is exhausting.

A lot of people feel like they have to earn their time off. Work hard, then you can have a vacation. I’m not going to argue with that, but I’m going to remind you how much work you do every single day. Let’s take this simple task: You need to get milk.

100 ways to play (in the real world) - Animal Edition!

100 ways to play (in the real world) - Animal Edition!

Couldn't do a list of ways to play without checking in with the experts. They make it look so natural.

100 Ways to Play (in the Real World) - Holiday Edition!

100 Ways to Play (in the Real World) - Holiday Edition!

Ho, ho, hope these help make this time of year a little more fun. This post is a bit different in that it’s not exactly ways to play, but how to play in those somewhat stressful holiday situations where you might not be playing.

100 Ways to Play (in the Real World) - Part 31-40

100 Ways to Play (in the Real World) - Part 31-40

Despite how little many of us feel like playing right now with everything going on in the world, here’s some forced positivity in the next instalment of ways to play. Enjoy!

100 Ways to Play! (in the Real World) – Part 21-30.

100 Ways to Play! (in the Real World) – Part 21-30.

Hey, you’re back! Sweet. Okay, stop juggling your new pets, you show-off. Let’s find some more fun for you to have. With lists!

100 ways to play! (in the Real World) - Part 1-10

100 ways to play! (in the Real World) - Part 1-10

Improv class is fun, but how do play in the real world? The world outside this class that seems to hate when people have fun and just wants everyone to ‘Get back to work!’” Well, here’s a list of a hundred ways to play. Simple things you can do to have fun in the “real” world.

Take the long weekend off.

It’s the long weekend! The dreaded long weekend.

You see, for people with noisy minds, it’s hard to shut them off. In fact, they don’t shut off. Brains don’t shut off. Which is a good thing, in the grand scheme of staying alive, but not great if you’re the kind of person who listens to all of the constant thoughts. And if you’re reading this blog, I assume you are that kind of person.

Fuck coping.

During a recent TV interview about improv helping with anxiety, the reporter asked/told me, “But you’re not saying this is a cure, it’s just another thing you can do as therapy. It’s a way to cope.”

I hate the word cope. Coping. Barf.