It’s unfortunate that the importance of play is often overlooked because we still need it even as we gracefully age. There is a lot of focus on the challenges of aging. However, there’s little to no focus on spotlighting the benefits of ample recreation time or approaches on to how to have fun again.
There are specialists for all of our aches, pains, diseases, and misfortunes. However, finding a specialist that understand the advantages of leisure and promotes a healthy fun lifestyle is difficult to discover. After retirement, most people have more time for fun yet are in the habit of not having as much fun as they once did which often results in more TV time each week.
Retirees aren’t necessarily dispirited as they often experience less anger, stress, and worry as they age. After years of being dedicated to an often hectic life with work, children, keeping up on a house, grocery shopping and cooking, somehow play slips away and many baby boomers will have to think about how to have fun again. Play is essential for all of us despite our age and carries the ability to decrease tension, gloominess, and concern. Having fun often has social aspects with it which can help with cognitive health.
Retirees can be determined to discover fun again, and once they do, their adventures will help them be happy, jolly, hopeful, and encouraged. While, it’s important to realize that fun is subjective and everyone will have their definition and expectations of a fun evening out, an enjoyable walk, a funny show, a relaxing evening, or a hilarious movie. Consider what makes you smile, giggle, feel peaceful and relaxed or makes you laugh so hard your belly hurts. Think of projects you use to take on, places you use to go and things you use to do and contemplate revisiting them. Time spent outdoors and reconnecting with nature is beneficial to our health. Let your bare feet touch the grass like you did when you were young. Touch the bark of the different trees. Spending time outdoors releases endorphins and triggers positive sentiments.
Author and psychiatrist, Stuart Brown of “Play: How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination and Invigorates The Soul” knows that play should not be limited to children. There are many activities which senior citizens can enjoy where there can be interaction and play of some type which has many benefits to our well-being.