Play…. The Foundation of Youth

Xaat’aa ‘laa is (Hello Good People)

“Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target. It’s a process, not a thing. It begins in anticipation, and hopefully ends in poise. In between you find surprise, pleasure, understanding- as a skill and empathy – and strength of mind, body and spirit.” 

Play. There is an abundant amount of research for play and the importance of it for children. And it is! But what about adults? It seems to me that as we enter adulthood, play becomes something that is frowned upon, unproductive, and a waste of time. We tend to forget what playing feels like and how to actually play. 

Just recently my husband and I discovered how much fun we have when we engage and play with our kids. We play with them at the playgrounds, the beaches we visit and sometimes even in the grocery store (Yes, we are definitely “that” family!). It’s much more enjoyable than sitting on our phones on the bench or log while they get plenty of exercise and have fun. 

Play has actually allowed us to create a deeper and more intimate bond with our kids and each other. Instead of stressing about the time, or wondering about my planner and to-do list, I’m figuring out a way to hide behind the tree’s as we play hide-n-seek. 

There’s been something exhilarating about being able to play and “let loose”. For me? My anxiety has been down, my energy level has  spiked, and I feel closer to my husband and my three children than I ever have before!! 

Here are some proven benefits about play: 

>Relieves Stress

>Improves Brain Function

>Stimulate the mind and boost creativity 

>Improves relationships and your connection to others

>Keeps you feeling young and energetic

If you haven’t played a game of hide-n-seek with your kids or you haven’t had a tickle fight with your partner, I would suggest starting now 🙂 It’s never to late to cultivate your playful, humorous side. Incorporating more fun and play into your daily life can improve the quality of your relationships as well as your mood and outlook on life.

Need more information on how important play is? Here is an amazing Ted Talk to check out:

Hawsan dang hl kingsang (Until we meet again)


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