Do You Have FDD? (Fun Deficit Disorder)

I believe there is an invisible epidemic of FDD in our culture. No doubt our society is a hard working, creative and productive lot. However, why do we rank so low in time off for vacations in all of the industrialized nations?  Did you know we rank the lowest? Pretty scary to me. This not only creates a Fun Deficit Disorder, it may lead to LDD or Life Deficit Disorder. Production, achievement and hard work is a good thing, but at what cost? Since we are at the start of a new year, it would be a good time to plan out some “Bucket List” adventures before it is too late. If you define yourself by how busy you are, you will never have time for life. What is going to matter in the end is not how booked up you were, or the tally of tasks and reports you handled, but the experiences that let you know that the living you made yourself was actualized by creating wonderful memories. Psychologist Erik Erikson put it this way, “when you look back you’ll want to know, did I get what I came for? What it a good time? Did I do what I wanted?”
It may be time to reclaim “time” to have the energy you need to nurture yourself and live fully. Simple put, how is your life balance?

  •   Adventure?
  •   Down time
  •   New experiences?
  •   Social time and activity?
  •   Creative moments?
  •   Family time?
  •   Marital enrichment?
  •   Physical development?

Are you having enough fun?Maybe, just maybe this graph on the left shows why people in other countries are happier and have more fun. They take time for it. 

(Graph from Sociology 101 Website)

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.