Having fun, expressing joy, playing, and humor are all terrific resilience skills.
Play has many benefits to us according to science:
- Play and having fun releases the happy hormones- endorphins.
- Endorphins relieve stress and can relieve/reduce pain.
- Simple regular moments of fun can also help reduce depression.
- Improve brain function
- Stimulate creativity
- Improve relationships
- Creatively solve problems
- Boost productivity
- Increase innovation
- Encourage teamwork
When you are having fun and playing it gives your brain a break - both mental and emotional. This can allow your creative side to reemerge.
Having fun doesn’t have to be big or expensive.
Think back to your childhood- what did you do for fun?
Read, swing, climb trees, build things, color, craft, play make believe, make a fort … or something else?
Remember what having fun and play was like? If not, you can visit with a young child that’s in your life. Grandchildren for me, nieces, nephews, a friend’s kid, maybe volunteer for a kid’s program. Kids are all fun and play if given the space and freedom to just be. Watch and enter into their world. It’s a blast and let your inner child play.
Here’s a quote to ponder: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Incorporating Fun and Play
What can you think to have fun and play?
Adults are allowed and encouraged to play -:)
Ideas for fun and play
- Blow bubbles
- Play with a pet
- Game night
- Get outside and play an outside game (miniature golf, horse shoes, washers, corn hole, frisbee, kick a ball around, hop scotch, giant checkers/Jenga, paddle ball, pickle ball, the list goes on….)
- Get a joke book
- Mad libs
- A science kit you always wanted
- Magic shop
Dig Deeper into Play and Fun
- Take a moment and savor a moment of fun and play.
- What did you feel?
- Where was it?
- What made it fun for you?
- Note this for your future fun and play times.
I invite you to have fun and play. It’s refreshing and fun!
I hope you have some fun and play! I want you to be happy and resilient to live your amazing life. I’d love to chat and connect with you if you’ve got ideas on adult fun and play or have ideas.
If you or someone you know would like support and building resiliency, please reach out and contact me. You can also forward this to them or even provide an e-mail introduction. I provide a safe place to explore your life and business. My clients are rocking their new jobs, promotions, and living more intentionally. They inspire me when they share their wins.
PS. I have space for 3 clients in my coaching practice in August. If that's you or someone you know, please contact me here, use the form at the bottom. Then let's have a conversation to see how I may be of support for you.
Teresa – Having fun and playing this July!!
PS. Please excuse any typos, typing with a broken wrist.
Teresa Q. Bitner, M.Ed., PMP, PCC - Resiliency, Change and Loss Coach
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