Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Playful play is undoubtedly fun. Even so, many people think, incorrectly, that as they get older, they are no longer capable of such frivolous activity. They should heed George Bernard Shaw’s advice: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
We need play at every age. It increases our capacity for resilience, is a natural way to relieve stress, and establishes a sense of safety and belonging. Recently our societies playfulness is being lost to entertainment. We don't spend as much time together playing games, telling stories, and being creative. We invest a lot of time sitting beside our loved ones while interacting with our screens, television shows and the digital world. Perhaps we are forgetting how to play?
In this video you will find some tips and tricks on how to be more playful at home regardless of your age. These activities are just a small sample of ways to be playful. I invite you to put on your thinking caps and remember what you loved as a child and then do it! Be well everyone
My video was inspired response to Dr Gordon Neufelds talk Parenting through the Pandemic. You can watch his talk below. It is provides many insights on attachment theory and why we are all struggling.
It is hard to remember our coping skills when we are stressed. Here is infographic with highlights from the video so you don't have too! Print it and refer to when needed.