Friends having coffee

 Depending on the season of life that you’re in, life can feel quite busy. This can make it difficult to find time to do the things that you really love. Add in the challenge of coping with all that comes with grief, and it likely is even harder to engage in activities that bring you joy.

But engaging in activities that bring you joy is important for your emotional and mental health! Decide this week that making room for activities that bring you joy is a priority for you.

If it’s hard to know which activities bring you joy, think back on your childhood: what did you enjoy as a kid? Is it possible to do some of those activities now? Getting ice cream, playing games, laughing with a friend, painting a picture those activities are likely accessible to you now if you make the time and space for them. If it feels challenging to set aside this time, consider scheduling it on your calendar just like any other commitment and stick to it.

If it feels selfish to take the time to engage in these activities, know that when you feel joy that will have a ripple effect on those around you. Your joy can spread and have a positive impact on others. Plus, you are worth it! You deserve to feel joy and happiness and to take time for yourself. Engaging in small activities that bring you joy can be the first step to a happier outlook!