benefits of play

Finding Balance In Action: Schedule in play!

Did you know it’s actually super productive to schedule in play? It has been found to have a whole bunch of benefits including greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity.

 

Take a close look at the playful activities as listed in Monday’s series post or think up your own and do one playful activity this week.

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How to schedule in more time for play (and why you should)

When most think of play they immediately think of spontaneous play, however play can be just as beneficial – and definitely as much fun – if it is scheduled in. And the best part? Scheduled play allows you to reap exactly the same benefits of boosting creativity, whilst promoting greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism and hope for the future.

 

I have listed some examples for non-spontaneous play below which you may want to try out.

 

  • All sports
  • All board games
  • Playing an instrument
  • Creating art
  • Arts and crafts
  • Karaoke
  • Bowling

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How to be more spontaneously playful (and why it’s good for you)

I have to admit that I have a great deal of structure in my life but even I recognize the value of spontaneous play. It boosts creativity and promotes greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging.

 

By it’s very nature it is difficult to plan for spontaneous play however there are things you can do to maximize the likelihood of bursting into play! Scheduling in more fun nights out, turning up the radio on road trips and even bluebell walks are all ways of maximizing the likelihood of spontaneous play by ensuring your environment is appropriate.

 

I have listed just a few examples of spontaneous play to give you an arsenal the next time you feel care-free and fancy a playful time.

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