Making Time for Play

We talk about why play is fundamental to our health, relationships, and creativity – no matter what our age – and share tips for making more time for play as adults.

Our topic in this episode is a fun one: making time for more play! 

If you have kids or spend time with kids, you know how essential play is for them. Educator and physician Maria Montessori said, “Play is the work of the child,” where they learn a variety of skills and build relationships. 

But when we grow up, we somehow start thinking about play as optional or frivolous or childish. Spoiler alert: it’s none of those things and is actually fundamental to our health and well being! 

Play is crucial to personal health, stress management, and healthy relationships. Research shows lay increases creativity and productivity and contributes to successful problem solving. Play from physical activity reduces stress hormones and releases feel-good endorphins that boost your mood and help you relax. And as you age, play – especially the kind that involves socializing – protects against depression, improves cognitive health and lowers your risk of developing diseases like dementia. 

We share: 

  • The science behind the importance of play at any age
  • Examples of types of play 
  • Obstacles that can get in the way of play as adults 
  • Our experiences with play as kids and as adults
  • 4 strategies for making time for more play every day 

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What’s your favorite way to play as an adult? How do you make sure you get recess during your day?Email us at podcast[at]semitogether.com or send us a voice memo.

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