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37 Fun Activities That Will Re-Introduce You to the Power of Play

How adults benefit from play

Do you play every day?  If not, consider the powerful boost play could give your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Most notably, play can:

  • Relieve stress when endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals, are released.  As an added bonus, endorphins can reduce pain too.
  • Enhance brain function when you engage in cognitively challenging games like puzzles, word games, memory games, or math games.
  • Boost your creativity and stimulate your imagination.
  • Reduce social isolation, mitigate depression, and increase connection, trust, and intimacy.
  • Improve your social skills if they happen to be rusty.
  • Inject more vitality into your relationsip, deepen your feelings of intimacy, and help you to heal resentments and wounds.
  • And finally, playful communication can lighten up a heavy situation, break through anger and help you move through an impasse

Seems like play is just what we need, doesn’t it?

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How to Balance Work and Play

Woman on beach; balance work and play

I probably have a relatively relaxed life compared to the average person. I sleep late, meditate, and soak in the hot pond almost every day.

That’s a major improvement from when I worked 6-7 days a week and took phone calls from Europe in the middle of the night, completely messing up a restorative sleep pattern.

So you can imagine the surprise I felt when recently, during a Lomilomi treatment (a healing practice from native Hawaiian healers), my friend suggested I needed more play time. He recommended a 1:2 work to play ratio for me.

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