Not referring to that thing that some grown-ups do by swapping partners. Swing, as in plop your tush on a playground or backyard swing and pump (excuse me for that) away!

Feel the breeze in your face. Let your hair blow without worry. So you blew it dry and it was ‘every hair in place’ beautiful. Doesn’t matter. SWING. If you can close your eyes without getting vertigo make that happen too!
Remember when you yelled at the kids for getting soaking wet right before dinner? Go get yourself soaking wet right before dinner! If you feel compelled to be productive you can water a few plants or flowers along the way. Otherwise, Go Crazy! Use that hose as a superhero weapon and hose down the bad guys! Make sure you’re sopping wet before you surrender and call for a towel.
3. SIT IN A SANDBOX (or on the beach which really is a grown-up sandbox)
There’s a reason the littles love shovels and pails. I know we trick them into believing they can reach China after a daylong dig. However, did you notice they actually WILL dig for hours? It’s your turn. Make Mud. Lots of it. Then sculpt a fantasy castle and when the top floor is finished squish it all between your fingers. Let the waves carry your masterpiece on an awesome ride! Dig more without designing. Pretend it’s an arm exercise if that’s any encouragement to throw dirt everywhere without getting in trouble.
Everything right with the world is contained in this movie. Pooh figures out how to conquer the same human fears and sadness we experience everyday and in the end finds his joy. Indulge by bringing along a wine spritzer and some chocolate covered strawberries to enhance the mood! When the movie is over if you’re not sufficiently rekindled watch it one more time with a better wine.
Draw a picture of your family. Draw a picture of your best summer vacation. Draw a picture of your favorite food. Draw a picture of you. In this self-portrait give yourself a broad smile and a beautiful heart light like E.T. Look closely at your picture and remember that the woman looking back at you is waiting for her finishing touches and you are the artist who holds her beauty within your grasp!

Lisa Leshaw

Lisa Leshaw has worked as a mental health professional for the past 31 years. She currently conducts Parenting Skills Workshops, Group Counseling for Blended Families and Empowerment Circles for Women. As a consultant, Lisa travels throughout teaching Communication and Listening Skills, Behavioral Management Techniques and Motivational Strategies. To de-stress she performs in children's theatre and plays piano whenever requested. She is hoping to either write the next memorable musical composition or Great American Novel!