Play brings joy, and that never stops being true.
Participating in an activity that brings out your youthful spirit or reminds you of childhood can reduce stress, improve relationships, make it easier to learn new things, help you become more present in the moment, and inspire others to do the same.
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
We can watch others play or we can join in on the fun. A child will never forget a parent, grandparent, or friend that plays with them. Being playful isn’t only good for you, it’s also good for children around you to see the importance of making it a priority at every age.
Take a break from the things that worry you and incorporate more play today. If it sparks joy, you’re doing it right!
4 tips to incorporate more play into your week!
1. Spend time with playful people
Children are inherently playful so spending time with them is a great place to start! If you don’t have children in your home or littles that visit often, consider volunteering at a local school or youth organization.
2. Tap into your childhood memories
When we recreate or envision days of our youth, we remember the days when we had less worry, less stress, and less responsibility. Play often sparks curiosity and passion, giving our minds less time for negative thoughts.
3. Don’t force it
Play should be fun, not forced. Coloring may be something you did not enjoy as a child, so find an activity that fits you best! But also, don’t give up on coloring. Our interests and enjoyment tend to evolve over the years, so you may find that you love something you often dreaded during your youth.
4. Don’t create barriers
Can you imagine the joy you would feel from five minutes of jump roping or skipping to the shower every morning? There is no right way to incorporate play into your life or a specific amount of time that should be set.
Activities to inspire you!
Playing in the snow
Rolling down a hill
Dancing in the rain
Drawing with chalk
Riding a bike