Time to reach for another card in the trusty Creative Whack Pack. Ready? Here goes. Ah, yes number 40 which is “Loosen Up.”
“It's not so important to be serious
as it is to be serious about the important things.
The monkey has an expression of seriousness
that would do credit to any great scholar.
But the monkey is serious because he itches.”
This is always good advice, but especially timely now.
Here are three things I do to "loosen up."
1. I exercise — especially swimming. This just about always improves my outlook.
2. Being irreverent always helps. I try to look at things humorously and think of offbeat and goofy ways they might be used or come together. I tell myself jokes — or if I'm with other people ask them for their jokes.
3. If I need a 2-minute "loosening-up," I close my eyes and imagine a huge waterfall with water cascading down. I then follow this with three very long deep breaths. It works wonders!
What can you take less seriously? What specific things do you do to loosen up?