If you are busy, snowed under, feeling uncreative or
struggling to get motivated, play will help. Yep, adults need to play. Dr Stuart Brown is so convinced of the fact that He founded the National Institute for Play. A Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist, Stuart Brown was involved with a team profiling men who had committed major violent crimes . To their surprise what surfaced unmistakably in their data was the stressful childhood and the complete lack of the opportunity to play common to all of their subjects.
Dr Brown says, 'we are built to play and built through play '.Our brains need play time to harmonize and recharge. Dr Brown believes that we have a bigger need to play than any other species. Refreshing to every part of our being will result if we make the decision to spend some time in play everyday.
Time: A minimum of 15 minutes each day.
Materials: Depending on what sort of play appeals to you. At present my daily play is kicking a large ball around, throwing a tennis ball against a wall and slowly working my way through a word puzzle book. I wanted to get underway and those activities came to mind first.
Method: I find that it helps to do 15mins by my watch. That way I beat the temptation to rush off and do all that is waiting to be done. Play is anything you can get lost in for a while. Doing something for the sake of doing it with no intensity of concern for the outcome.
It could be walking the dog, card games, a crossword, sketching, shooting baskets, day dreaming, singing, taking photographs, working the punchbag, jig saw puzzles. Whatever appeals as long as it puts your brain on idle for a while.