Residents of Mumbai, enlighten us about the significance of prioritising recreational activities in enhancing our overall well-being
Mumbaikars spend most part of their lives hustling and chasing their dreams but often forget why they are doing what they are doing. Photo Courtesy:
- Juggling constantly between work and personal commitments takes a toll on one’s health
- Engaging in recreational activities helps manage stress effectively
- Mumbaikars share how they find time for recreational activities
Staying true to the nature of the city, Mumbaikars seem to have normalised working round the clock. This has led to a tremendous work-life imbalance and given rise to stress and workplace burnout. Recreational activities, in such times, go a long way in helping working Mumbaikars maintain their sanity.
As children, we attended numerous extra-curricular classes and participated in various recreational activities. To date, we stress the importance of recreational activities for children to ensure their overall well-being. Why is it that we fail to apply the same in our lives?
Juggling constantly between work and personal commitments can take a toll on one’s physical as well as mental health. More so, it can lead us to feel disconnected from ourselves. It is, thus, imperative to establish a healthy relationship with ourselves. Engaging in recreational activities can make that possible.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” says Mynoo Maryel, life coach, thought leader, Co-founder POEM Foundation, JEGO and FED 100. “There is no doubt that Mumbai is a city that never sleeps. It does push each one of us to excel and achieve our life goals. However, it is essential to ensure we don’t forget to enjoy our life and the journey that leads us to our goals.”
In a hard-hitting observation, Maryel says, that Mumbaikars spend most part of their lives hustling and chasing their dreams but often forget why they are doing what they are doing. On days when an emotional breakdown or mid-life crisis-like situation strikes, disappointment and frustration get the best of us. This is where practising a hobby or engaging in recreational activities comes into play.
Identifying the need for recreational activities
Working constantly, be it at the office or at home taking care of domestic chores, can lead to a feeling of disappointment towards life in general. It can make us lose interest in things and also impact our personal relationships.
The failure to strike a work-life balance can drain us mentally, physically and emotionally. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and making time to engage in activities that feed the soul can not only help us lead a balanced life but also improve our work performance.
Maryel suggests engaging in any recreational activity that makes you happy and helps in relaxing the mind. This can include, swimming, playing any sport you like, singing, dancing, going for long drives, cooking or even spending time with your friends.
Mumbaikars share the relevance of recreational activities
Kevin Baretto, a 26-year-old, associate brand consultant at Id8 Media Solutions residing in Mahim, loves to play cricket. “Making time for hobbies is very difficult considering my busy schedule, but I make it a point to do things I love. It helps me manage stress effectively.” Kevin plays cricket for around three hours mostly during the weekends or public holidays.