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The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

The Importance Of Play

When asked what is the most important aspect of life, many people's answers include something like heath, family, purpose, or love. While there are so many things that people list that are truly important, and some that are not, there's one thing on that hypothetical list that usually doesn’t get mentioned - and that is the Importance of play.

What is play?

Play is defined as the engagement of an activity for the purpose of enjoyment, not for something serious. Play can be categorized as many different things, and there are in fact many types of play. The four main types of play are ritual, imaginative, physical, and object play.

Ritual Play includes things such as your sports games, board games, and any other games that have a set of rules and structure. Ritual play included working together to achieve a common goal. Ritual play benefits mostly team building, decision making, boosting social skills, and in the case of sports, exercise!

Sitting at home and thinking about what you want out of life, and daydreaming are actually not a waste of time at all! These are actually a part of Imaginative Play. Imaginative play is all about coloring, crafting, acting, dreaming, and storytelling. Fostering imagination and creativity is what imaginative play is all about! This type of play is very beneficial for thinking outside the box and problem solving, and can even help you work out your problems as well.

Physical Play is all about the physicality of the body… using your body to move, run, jump, surf, hike, and anything else that gets you to move your body, without that ritual aspect of achieving a common goal. Physical play is beneficial to your body and keeps you healthy and active while having fun!

Lastly, Object Play is a very kinesthetic type of play. When you build with Jenga, legos, go to lasertron, or build a fort with your kids, that is all object play. When we use or manipulate the world around you, designing and crafting, you are using play as a way to open up your problem solving, creative thinking juices.

Ways To Play

With so many different types of play, there are so many different ways to play! By adding play in our lives, we are able to boost our endorphins, laugh more, and keep our bodies healthy. It seems like a no-brainer to add more ways to play to your day! Try to take little breaks throughout your day to color, journal, take a walk or get a friend to play a board game with you!

Even though many people still think that play is for young kids, it's been proven that kids do focus more when given the opportunity for frequent and brief free play time. . There is no reason to not think that it would be just as helpful to all of our adult, serious selves. Adding laughter and a little extra joy should always be something that we strive for more of in our lives. Even animals use play time as a way to help them develop the skills they will need when they are older, so why wouldn’t you want to keep developing those skills as an adult?

Having fun and playing is actually a really important part of the wellness journey, and by giving ourselves and our bodies time to play and release endorphins can help temporarily relieve pain. If you are looking for other ways to treat yourself, and release some of those feel-good endorphins, you can always schedule a chiropractic appointment for some relief by giving us a call today or fill out our contact form to schedule your first appointment!