Now, more then ever, we need to be able to reconnect to what brings us joy, allows us to play, and appreciate being alive. During the pandemic , we may need to become more creative in finding play, but the science supports the importance ; especially during these challenging times.
The importance of play for mental, emotional, and physical health can not be minimized. Too many of us have decided doing something “just for fun” has limited value. Perhaps we feel there’s no time for play or have just forgotten how to do it, but we’ve lost something so vital to a life worth living.
What play gives is access to is that feeling of losing sense of time, and an abandonment of self-consciousness that psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly refers to as “flow” – complete absorption in a creative, playful or otherwise challenging activity. Whats the upside? Firstly, we’re happier! Additionally, it relieves stress, we’re more creative, and we build healthier relationships.
“Play is not a frill. Its what makes us fully human” says psychologist Michael Alcee, PHd. Consider choosing from all the wonderful PLaY options – physical (Yoga , of course!) Social play , and outdoor play . Just give yourself permission and jump in!