Play is so important.
It really is. And not just for kids. It is so important not to lose the ability to enjoy ourselves in situations that are fun and relaxing.
And you know what? It is healthy for adults to play. That is right! You heard me! And I’m not ashamed to say it.
Playing has many great attached benefits for adults. I’m going to share 3 main topics today. The first is related to mental health.
Making time to not just relax but to play actually can help you lower stress levels.
Being an adult is hard. It is. Most adults I know are constantly working on providing for themselves and those who they are responsible for. It can be overwhelming.
According to Stacy M. Peterson on mayoclinic.org,
“Taking a playful approach may equip you to better cope with the inevitable stress of life. One study of university students found that those who rated themselves as being more playful found the challenges in their lives to be more manageable.”
She goes on to say that people who play tend to be more likely to see silver linings on challenging circumstances.
If you can schedule a time to be able to forget stresses for a while and relax, it can help you be a better adult.
“Playing with your romantic partner, friends, co-workers, pets, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being.
Adult play is a time to forget about work and commitments, and to be social in an unstructured, creative way. Focus your play on the actual experience, not on accomplishing any goal.”
This quote from helpguide.org shows a lot of reasons to play with people we relate with can help us become better people.
Imagination and creativity can help us all as we try to navigate the complexities of adult life.
Healthy For Your Brain
It is important to note, this is not infantilism. It isn’t running away from being an adult. It isn’t avoiding adult responsibilities. It is about self care and helping your brain stay healthy.
Michael Forman writes on Wanderlust.com,
“Play has been shown to release endorphins, improve brain functionality, and stimulate creativity. And it can even help to keep us young and feeling energetic. Studies show that play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex. Play has also been shown to trigger the secretion of BDNF, a substance essential for the growth of brain cells.”
Who knew in a world of creams, pills, and surgeries created by people constantly trying to find the fountain of youth, all we need to do is make more time to play?
People can laugh and make fun all they want, but we will be living healthier and happier lives.
A Word to My Cosplay Friends
When I hear people say they are taking a break from cosplay, it is inevitably followed by an explanation. It always boils down to “it isn’t fun anymore.”
Something I like to stress is it is cosPLAY. It is play. Most people don’t make money doing this. Quite the opposite. We do this because we like it…because it is fun.
So many people get caught up in the “rules” of cosplay, which don’t exist (aside from some rules of etiquette of course). It is play! Have fun!
Send me your photos!
Send me your cosplay photos of you playing! I’m going to be collecting them for a project! Everyone who sends me a photo (with permission to use) will get entered into a drawing for a Pokémon item!
Please note, these are only my opinions. I have included external links that I neither own nor do I have any control over them.