Adult play may be dismissed as waste of time by some but it is actually a vital opportunity to forget about our responsibilities for a while. Furthermore, it is time which allows us to be social in a creative and unstructured way.
As busy adults many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never make time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we simply forget how to play.
Benefits of adult play
The benefits of play for children are well known but is not just essential for younger people. Play can be a great source of stimulation and relaxation for adults too. Playing with your children, pets, friends and colleagues is a good way to fuel your imagination. It also boosts creativity, emotional well-being and problem-solving abilities.
Play has been shown to relieve stress, supercharge learning and connect you to the world around you. Play can also make work more productive and pleasurable.
What constitutes adult play?
Play can be anything from messing around with friends or playing fetch with your dog to dressing up with your kids or going for a bike ride with your partner. There doesn’t need to be any point to the activity beyond enjoying yourself. Focus your attention on the actual experience, not on accomplishing any goal.
By giving yourself permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood you can have a lot of fun. In addition, you are likely to benefit from increased health and reduced stress.
Release your inner child
Leisure time as adults often means zoning out in front of the TV or computer rather than engaging in active play like we did as children. Just because we have responsibilities it doesn’t mean we have to take ourselves so seriously and make life all about work. Regardless of our age and pressures we all need to play.