We all know the numerous benefits of playtime for children- it is important for their physical, social and emotional development in such a crucial time of their lives. But as adults, these priorities tend to get pushed back with our lives turning into all work and no play.
Adult ‘playtime’ is dubbed immature, a waste of time and self-indulgent- something many of us feel guilty for.
However, for years, research has also demonstrated how important time spent engaging in fun activities is whether you are 5 or 50 years old. Adult minds, according to new research require these purposeful, fun activities to help to continue developing the mind.
Activities we find fun not only help to develop our social and emotional skills, but they also aid in creativity and problem-solving. Each of these skills is invaluable in dealing with stress and having good emotional health.
Despite this, many in the teaching profession would argue that they barely have enough time to ensure all their work is completed, let along engaging in enjoyable activities. There is a never-ending battle in balancing our lives and for many teachers, this is an almost impossible task.
But there is a solution and it comes in the form of mindfulness in your daily life. Blowing off your friends to catch up on work is not always the answer. Sometimes you have to realize there will always be work, but you’ll never get the time with your loved ones back.
Finding ways to laugh, play and joke throughout your day and finding what ‘play’ works and adds value to your emotional and mental health is key to maintaining balance in your life. It is important to remember that play is a necessity, not a luxury no matter how old you are.