I absolutely love it whenever I hear someone lament, “Why is it that everything fun is bad for you?” Usually it’s said right before face diving into a donut or polishing off a third margarita. I can’t help but smile in these situations, because here’s the thing: everything fun is not bad for you. Not by a long stretch. Rebelling against food rules and diet culture has taught me that there’s nothing bad about enjoying donuts (or any other food for that matter) in moderation. But what about going out for that margarita (or three)? Alcohol. Partying. Staying out late. Losing sleep. Making questionable decisions. None of that can possibly be good for you, can it? Think again 😉
It’s Okay to Take a Break From Soul Searching to do Some Sweet Sippin’
I want you to throw out your calorie counts for a second, okay? I know that you know how many calories are in a shot of vodka and a piña colada. I know that you know it’s a bunch of sugar and carbs and whatever else, but just hit the freeze button on all those numbers for a second. Because this just in: you don’t always have to make decisions that are in your physical heart’s best interest. It is in fact perfectly okay, and encouraged, to make some decisions with your not-so-literal heart. To choose with your soul. You can choose a night of fun over a night that will get you closer to your #goals. If you polled successful doctors, lawyers, inventors, and pioneers in their fields – I bet not one would tell you they got there by keeping their noses down and free from distraction until they made it.
Which raises the question actually, what good is “making it” if you don’t enjoy getting there. Whatever your hopes and dreams are, you should plan for them. You should devote time to accomplishing them. But you shouldn’t let it be the only thing on your radar. Being social is great for your creative muscles and having fun recharges your drive. AKA keeps you from burning out on all those great goals (or having a total meltdown).
Don’t get me wrong – alcohol is not necessary for a fun, soul-charging, smile-inducing night out. That being said, if you do choose to drink (and please do it responsibly) there’s absolutely no reason to feel guilty afterwards. The fact is, alcohol makes it a little easier for lots of people to relax, cut loose, and have some fun. There’s nothing wrong with going out and enjoying a couple drinks as long as you’re staying safe. This is not a post on safe drinking practices. I’m going to assume it’s common knowledge that you don’t accept drinks from strangers, drink so much you can’t see straight, or get behind the wheel. This is a post on encouraging you to quit trying to be on top of it all the time, and just go out and have fun.
Don’t Cop Out
For some people, going out is easier than sitting down to write a research paper. Then there’s the people who are way more comfortable sitting down and getting that sh** done than putting it off for a night of fun (*raises hand*) But guess what? This is necessary sometimes. If you’re that person that can always find a reason not to go out, not to try something new, not to choose fun over productivity – you’re copping out. Don’t make excuses about how you would have more fun if you had more time. Make the time. Your mental health and happiness are worth putting the work or gym grind on hold for an evening. I promise it will be there when you wake up.
Find What Makes You Fly
Maybe you don’t think you’re the kind of gal who loves concerts, or raves, or wine tasting. You owe it to yourself to try. Go with a group of friends you trust and have fun just hanging out with, and get out of your comfort zone. Commit to yourself that you will allow yourself to devote this night to fun. That you won’t try to control or limit the situation. And keep doing that until you find the going-out style that makes you feel weightless. Make time for you, and watch balance return to your life.
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