You know it’s true. We spend so much time working, running our households, giving back to our communities, our endless to-do lists, and pursuing our goals that we forget one crucial element to our well-being and happiness. PLAY.
When is the last time you played? And it doesn’t count if you play with your kids but secretly loathe the nonstop game of Barbies or trucks that makes you want to lock yourself in a closet and hide.
As an executive coach for women, I find that clients have no idea how to set aside time for joy and play time. I can’t blame them! I’m guilty of that myself and am always looking for ways to embrace that whimsical innocence we had as kids where play time was our life’s work.
Benefits of Play
Play time isn’t just for kids. Adults should absolutely engage in the restorative practice of play time.
Doctor and author Bowen F. White says the only kind of play we honor is competitive play. Adults and anyone with a Type A personality probably struggle with the idea of play unless it signals success. We tinker with a guitar and suddenly want to crush the goal of getting ready to perform in public. Or we decide to take up soccer at a rec club and suddenly we’re consumed with winning. 🏆🏆🏆
However, we don’t shed the need for play because we grow up. Play brings joy and is also essential to develop and refine our problem-solving and creativity skills. It’s also just fun and can enhance our relationships. After all, who wants to hang out with someone who is perpetually over-stressed and only focused on work and responsibilities?
Play time should be about delighting your spirit and freeing yourself to have fun on your own terms.
Stuart Brown, MD studied thousands of people from ordinary business people to Nobel Prize winners. He found that play is crucial for developing new connections and stronger bonds, even rekindling romantic relationships 💕