REST is important. Things like sleeping, napping, observing a Sabbath, even simply closing our eyes for a few moments or going for a walk.
But what about PLAY?
An often overlooked part of our WORK/LEISURE rhythm, PLAY is also important — for children and adults, alike.
The Benefits of PLAY for Children
According to experts Fisher Price, Voice of Play, and Baby Center, play builds a child’s imagination, aids in the development of cognitive skills, promotes social skills, advances physical development, and helps children work through their emotions. Their language is developed through play as well as their concentration and self-confidence. In other words, children develop who they are through play.
The Benefits of PLAY for Adults
When we become adults, for one reason or another, we often abandon PLAY. Our excuses? “I’m too busy.” “PLAY is for children.” “I’m too old.”
“Play is something done for its own sake. It’s voluntary, it’s pleasurable, it offers a sense of engagement, it takes you out of time. And the act itself is more important than the outcome.” Dr. Stuart Brown, National Institute for Play.
PLAY isn’t just for children. It is also essential for adults.
Among its many benefits are stress relief, sharpened brain function, enhanced creativity, and improved relationships. PLAY helps adults retain a feeling of youth and energy, helps develop and improve social skills, strengthens problem-solving abilities, teaches cooperation, and leads to emotional well-being.
On the flip-side, an adult who chooses NOT to PLAY is one whose JOY TANK is lacking. This adult tends to view life as a labor and isn’t much fun to be around.
REST and PLAY
Don’t forget to PLAY!
In your work/leisure rhythm, remember that the leisure component consists of both rest and PLAY.
Enjoying “PLAY time” with some of our kids and grandkids –
video games, bowling, ropes, and LOTS of laser tag!
How will you PLAY in 2018?