Today I Learned...
- Playing is important for mental health and well-being.
- Playing can help prevent isolation, ward off stress and depression, and improve brain function.
- There are many different types of activities that can be classified as "playing" and trying new activities can help develop new skills and make us happier!
ou might be thinking, "I'm too old to play." But we're here to tell you: you're never too old to play.
As an older adult, your ability to play can help keep your mind sharp, improve your health and well-being, and make life more enjoyable for both yourself and those around you.
Discover the benefits of playing.
The act of playing is essential to mental health and wellness. The social aspect can prevent isolation and ward off stress and depression, while the physical exertion helps improve brain function and avoid memory problems.
Playing can also trigger the release of endorphins which improve your mood by increasing optimism, making you feel happier for more extended periods—and reducing your stress levels!
By learning to play, you can gain better control over your reactions in stressful situations, be more relaxed and friendly around strangers—and strengthen relationships with intimates.
Play can stimulate your imagination, help you to adapt to new situations, and be a better problem solver.
As you can see there are plenty of benefits to playing.
The truth is that playing is important—and not just for kids!
So what exactly is playing?
Playing is not just about having fun—it's about engaging your mind and body in an activity that requires focus and attention. When we play, we learn new skills and develop good habits while also having fun.
There are many different types of activities that can be classified as "playing," such as sports or games with friends or family members. But there are also activities like cooking dinner together or reading aloud from a book that doesn't seem like play but still require focus on challenging tasks in order to achieve success.
The important thing is that these activities help us develop new skills by requiring us to engage with them actively over time until we master them - which makes us happier.
Here are some activities you can do to get started playing:
- Learn a foreign language
- Try playing a musical instrument
- Pick up photography
- Make jewelry
- Try painting, sketching, create collages
- Try knitting, crocheting, embroidery
- Scrapbooking, journaling
- Play monopoly, chess, or scrabble
- Pick up a sport - golf, tennis, lawn bowling
- Break out your dance moves!
- Sing karaoke
- Write and act out skits
- Try bird-watching
- Go hiking
- Start gardening
- Go bicycling
Try some of these activities and experience the benefits of playing!