Day 17: When was the last time you played? It could have been a game, music, sports, etc. Do you remember how it made you feel? Have some gratitude for that opportunity. And maybe you make some room for play in your life today, however it shows up. Playing is very important, even for adults. It stimulates the mind, boosts creativity, makes us feel energetic, improves connection with others, and relieves stress.
I really enjoy playing and try to fit it in my life whenever I can! I play at least once a day with my dog, who spends most of her time nowadays inside an apartment, so I feel for her, and make sure she gets at least one playful interaction with me. I play with friends – sometimes we go out for dinner or some outing, and I bring cards or play charades with them (even in restaurants!).
I also play when I teach kids yoga in schools or privately – there is the teaching part with breathing techniques, poses, inspiring words helping develop some character strength, but also I make sure to have a yoga game within the class. Sometimes these kids come to class after school all serious, having had no chance to play their whole day! Some don’t even get recess anymore… And so I get them in a more playful mood and class just flows! We lose track of time! I usually have an alarm telling me class is about to end, so I can make time to wrap it up, including some final relaxation, another important part of class.
I feel lucky that I have chosen activities (as in also jobs) in my life where play is part of it. I feel grateful for regular play in my life!
Here is a link to an article about adults also needing play time, just in case you need more convincing! https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336360521/play-doesnt-end-with-childhood-why-adults-need-recess-too