If you hang around my blog much, you’ll soon start to notice how important the idea of play is—whether child or corporate executive, we all must play to tap into our deepest creative well.
As adults, when we have a project or business that we are passionate about, it’s easy to become totally engrossed in our work. Then, before you know it, hours have passed in a flash. Even days.
Being productive is a great feeling.
But it is important to make sure that your life is balanced—that you take time to be with friends and family, exercise, eat well, relax, and just play.
It’s important for sparking creativity, strengthening relationships, and relieving stress. And yes, it’s important for your work life, too.
Think back to when you were a child, and the simplest things brought you joy. Things like:
- Playing with your cat or dog
- Singing out loud
- Running or racing (for fun – not fitness)
- Doing cartwheels
- Having a snowball or water balloon fight
- Playing in the rain
- Blowing bubbles
- Playing with other children
Activities like these can bring simple, pure joy. And you know what? You can still do all of these activities, even as an adult! I give you permission (hint: you don’t need my permission, though).
Play can lift stress and anxiety off your shoulders like nothing else. Taking a break from working and getting a change of scenery stimulates your brain and can make you more productive when you do return to the office. It’s just another piece of the puzzle needed to make us complete, happy, and fulfilled individuals.
Don’t forget to leave your smartphone and laptop at home, so you aren’t tempted to check your email during playtime—analog play is what is all about.
So, I challenge you today to let your imagination go wild and forget about goals and deadlines.
Instead make your goal to play.
Grab a jump rope, wrestle around with your dog, run through a field, sing in the shower, or play make-believe with your nieces and nephews. Let me know how it goes!
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