Playtime is something we often overlook as adults -yet the benefits are so great! It provides a break from our crazy schedules, gives us a chance to laugh, be silly, and engage our inner child. It helps us distress, benefits our mood, lowers our blood pressure and strengthens relationships with family and friends.
Recently, I took a break from my regimented “lap swim” style of swimming and went to a recreational swim with some friends. We had such a great time jumping off the diving board, playing with the floating toys and just acting like…well….kids! We all laughed at the childishness of our behaviour but to be honest, I haven’t had so much fun in a while! It reminded me how important it is to take life less serious sometimes.
I encourage all of us this summer (and always) to invite more play into our lives. Here are some suggestions:
- Buy some crayons and draw or colour
- Go to a park and play on the slides or swings
- Watch a funny movie
- Make something out of play dough
- Build a sandcastle
- Dig out a skipping rope or two, find a partner, and play Double Dutch!
- Go to your local library or bookstore and read some children’s books (a big favourite of mine when I am stressed)
- Play frisbee or catch with a friend or loved one
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