The term “play” is often associated with activity of small children, but in reality, it’s important for everybody.
Why? I’m so glad you asked.
Play is often a social activity, and personal engagement with others can help reduce stress and ward off depression. This is because some activities cause the body to release endorphins which are known as “happy hormones.” In addition, sharing moments of fun and laughter with others can increase your feelings of compassion, empathy, and intimacy with others.
Engaging in play helps train your responses which may can you take better control of them in other, more stressful situations. This results in being more relaxed in your relationships with both friends and with strangers Playful folk also tend to have stronger bonds with people they know and a more friendly relationship with those they don’t.
Enjoying your relationships is actually good for your health as happy moments are an excellent way to boost your immune system, reducing your chance of illness and minimizing any physical pain.
And these are just some of the benefits!
So what can you do?
- Learn a foreign language (then plan a visit to somewhere that you can use it!)
- Journal or write stories (perhaps a memoir)
- Find a local group to practice your dramatic or musical skills
- Make jewelry
- Work with clay or ceramics
- Learn how to crochet or knit (find a NICU who can use slippers and hats)
- Organize a group that meets regularly to play board or card games
- Take up a sport
- Learn ballroom dancing
- Join a bowling league
The list is endless. The hardest part is actually doing it. That’s why being a part of the Body Moves community can help!
It’s always easier to do things with a friend…
and there are plenty to be had at Body Moves!
But don’t take our word for it. Come by and see us!
Remember that we offer a FREE ACTIVE LIVING class to new students,
as well as a “2 weeks for $25” introductory special.