I live near a large park, and, being a nature-lover, I take walks in it almost every day. The park has three playgrounds full of neighbouring families. Yesterday I spent some time simply observing children play. And it got me thinking: when do we stop playing? At what age does playing become a thing of the past and when do we adopt the self-sacrificing, stressful life of a contemporary adult?
Let’s admit it. Our society tends to link play only to children and not adults. It is perceived as unproductive, or even a guilty pleasure. The notion is that once we reach adulthood, it’s time to get serious.
But here’s the thing: We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up, according to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, editor of the American Journal of Play. Playing brings joy. According to studies, it is vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships. It can also be an important means of reducing stress and contributing to overall well-being.
Do you remember how you played as a child? Is there any activity that you used to love and haven’t done in years? Do you invest enough time, energy and money in having fun? Do you allow yourself to do things just for recreation and mere enjoyment? Do you allow yourself to adequately value this way of re-energising and revitalizing yourself? Most of us don’t.
Health coaching is not about guarding you from diseases. It’s about enabling you to live your best self. Together we can explore how you can bring back more fun and recreation in your life.
Exploring the nature and nurture of play—past, present, and future: https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/play-in-mind
The National Institue for Play: http://www.nifplay.org/
Why it’s good for grown-ups to go play: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-its-good-for-grown-ups-to-go-play/2017/05/19/99810292-fd1f-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html?utm_term=.e0cc90eb506a
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