My Personal Philosophy Of Leisure: My Lifestyle

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My own personal philosophy of leisure has been shaped by past and present activities I do for leisure and why I do them. To me, leisure is the sense of being free from external stressors that I face in my life such as school or work. The positive outcomes from partaking in leisure are generally overlooked and often underestimated. Leisure affects our emotions, our physical and mental health, and aids in the creation of relationships. In my own personal life, I have done and still participate in leisure as a way to sooth myself or unwind from the stress of school or work. The release of pent up emotions and energy for individuals helps their relationships with others and their overall health as well. When stress is released, an individual is…show more content…
In the past and currently, leisure has been my escape from the stress that is inevitable when doing the things that are normally not enjoyable and I see it being this way for the rest of my life as well. Although the presence of leisure will not change, the things that I do for leisure certainly will due to constraints. For example, after I graduate and leave NC State, I will not have as much free time as I previously did for leisure. Therefore, my leisurely activities will have to take a shorter amount of time, constraining my current leisure repertoire. In the future, the introduction of my new family will introduce new leisurely activities like purposive leisure and new traditions. My future family would act as more of a facilitator for leisurely activities as they are someone to do the activities with! It is no surprise that due to factors such as aging and the introduction of a family will alter my focus and the activities I will do to relax, but according to my philosophy, how I change will also correlate with how society changes as…show more content…
As a child, many individuals have free time where they can participate in leisurely activities often. Known as the preparation phase, leisure at this point is usually where a child forms relationships and set goals they wish to achieve in the future. This differs drastically from the establishment phase, where an individual is usually too busy to participate in leisure as much. At this phase, leisure is viewed as purposive, such as taking their child to a museum. The focus is generally not focused on just the individual themselves but rather on acting upon their previous goals to successfully reach them. The final phase is known as the reintegration phase where an individual reflects on the course their life has taken due to the preparation and establishing they have done. At each stage, there are constraints and facilitators that affect what an individual may do as leisure. However, there are other cultural and social factors that affect this as well. Ever since ancient times, an individual’s economic status is a factor that has affected their participation in certain leisure activities that they can afford or not. Today, this still occurs as some people can afford to do activities for leisure while others can not. There are other constraints that an individual can face as well based on where they live, their religion and what race they are. It is unfortunate that not all
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