Great work, now you can go play.
Play? What? Why? I’m a grown-up. I don’t play, I do busy, stressful and very important things. ALL THE TIME! I simply do not have time to play! And why on earth would I want to play anyway, I’m an adult?!
If YOU are a very busy human, doing very stressful and important things ALL THE TIME, then you too should have a break and go play. Play, it turns out, is also very important. And it’s something us very busy, very important adult humans should be doing more of.
But, I’m an adult. How do I play?
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
- Bernard Shaw
It’s such a strange thing, how the art of play slips aways from us bit by bit over the years, until, before long we find ourselves all serious, hunched over our laptops and phones, our imagination closed. Just like when we are introduced to perspective as children and our drawings are never the same again - we can never truly recapture the innocence of our earlier, free from the rules of physics art we produce as small children. Or, when you realise Father Christmas's handwriting is the same as your mum’s… some things just can’t be recaptured.
But! The good news is the ability to play CAN be recaptured AND play can do marvellous things to our bodies and minds such as;
So now we know how beneficial play is for our body and minds, how can we introduce play into our everyday lives? Here are five suggestions;
Wishing you a fabulous November. See you next month.
Lots of love, Zoë xx
*Source:helpguide.org, thegeniusofplay.org / Photo Credit: Antonio Gabola Unsplash.com