Ease up. This is just for fun.

“Men (and women) are that they might have joy,” (2 Nephi 2:25)

— -I like to ask myself: “How can I make this joyful?”

— -Chores: Hurry, get this done quickly. OR: Peaceful steady rhythm because this is just for fun. It’s fun to have a clean house and I could put on some music or memorize while I work. That would be fun. OR: Don’t do chores until I feel like it.

— -Errands: I am talking too long and I need to get going. OR: Errands are just for fun. They can always wait. This conversation is also just for fun! Enjoy it! Enjoy the conversation and the people.

— -Exercise: This is too hard! OR: This is just for fun and I actually feel good working this hard. I’m pushing myself just for fun to see what I am capable of doing. I don’t have to exercise this vigorously if I don’t want to.

— -Nutrition: I need to eat more to feel comforted and relaxed. OR: Well, if all I want is to feel good, what activity would make me feel good? What activity would be just for fun? In this moment, perhaps I need to read/relax or perhaps I need to go for a walk or do something for someone else. That would be fun.

— -Projects with my husband, Rick: There are too many delays! We need to get this done. OR: This whole project is just for fun. I’m totally going to enjoy the adventure. The timing always works out perfectly.

— -Violin practice: As I think “Here comes the hard section,” I feel my neck and shoulder tense up. OR: Tell myself to relax because this tricky section is just for fun. Nobody is making me practice 5 minutes every day. I chose to practice just for fun!

— -Studying the gospel of Jesus Christ: I have to do my daily study. OR: It’s fun to read the scripture stories, fun to learn, fun to look for messages meant just for me and it’s fun to even memorize verses. Studying the gospel is just to make my life more fun!

— -”Men (and women) are that they might have joy,” (2 Nephi 2:25)