Time to Play

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By now being cooped up is taking its toll. You have probably heard the saying, “All work and no play makes Jack/Jill a dull person.”  Before this virus hit how often did you take time out to play? Was it once a week, once a month or once a year? If you’re feeling stressed, uptight, sluggish, and just plain bad, it is very likely that you need some playtime.

            Getting into the playtime mindset fun relaxes us and takes our mind off our job, our troubles, and any other stress. It helps us to develop a sense of lightheartedness and joy which is important to help make us feel good.  It is like a mini vacation for the mind, body, and soul.

            If we do not take the time to play, it is believed that we will have health problems just like those who are sleep deprived. When we play, we can help impede worry, depression and conflict. 

Of course, play is always more fun with others. In this quarantined environment necessity or desire is the mother of invention. We have all sorts of virtual options today. If you are trapped at home with children, you have built-in playmates. This is an opportunity for family bonding and memories.

            Playtime increases energy levels and gives us a lift in a healthier way than any of the other things we do to obtain energy. Many turn to coffee, a candy bar, or energy drinks. None of those things are healthy alternatives. There is always a crash after those things wear off, and we can feel worse or more tired than we did before we drank or ate those things. Playing may make us tired, but it still leaves us with a sense of well-being and perhaps a smile. 

            Feeling tired, stressed, worried, or just not enjoying life at all? Go play. It doesn’t matter if it is shooting hoops (if you have a basketball net in your yard or on your door), golfing (still open courses despite the virus), playing cards, board games, a game of tag outside with the kids or jumping rope. Just have fun.  A half hour or so of play can give a whole new meaning to the phrase “Happy Hour”!A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22