Play deprivation is rampant.
I realized my own life was a bit out of balance when I did my own quick Blivet Quiz last week. So this blog will be short because today I am playing with my sister. We are both neophyte printmakers, and learning just like kindergarteners…. Experimenting just for the fun of it, and "just because we feel like it."
Play is important, but we are doing less and less of it as adults.
If you think "I don't have time to play", you don't understand just how important play is to wellbeing, health, intelligence, creativity and productivity. Find out how important it is by watching this TedTalk..[ted id=483]
6 signs you may be play deprived:
1. You can’t remember the last time you played a board game with friends or family.
2. You haven’t tried something new and recreational “just because you felt like it” in ages.
3. “Play” is no longer fun for you anymore, but has become an arena for perfectionism, self-criticism, competition and stress.
4. You do not have a recreational activity that gives you the experience of losing track of time when you are engaged in it.
5. You do not have a form of play that engages your body, hands, senses. (No, passive reading does not qualify. Neither does TV watching or computer games that isolate you from real-live social connection.)
6. You do not have a way to connect to others through play. Learn more about why this is so important here.
The opposite of play is not work. It is depression. Brene Brown