I have a secretâ€¦ Something that will allow you to be your dream weight without any pain or crazy dieting, this same thing will make you more productive in your work, make you more money, will strengthen your relationships and give you better quality of life.
What is this â€œmiracleâ€ secretâ€¦ if you laugh weâ€™re on the right track, if you smile weâ€™re on the right track if youâ€™re face remains serious if youâ€™re sceptical then you need to read on for my secret isâ€¦ Play.
It is becoming more and more prevalent in research that play from childhood through to adulthood playâ€™s a very important role in our development and that we need to take it seriously. From birth we are involved with social play, those cheeky smiles that parents give to a baby assists in attuning the right cerebral cortex which organizes emotional control. We have a lost a key component in communication with one another by minimizing the amount of play weâ€™re involved in. Itâ€™s sad to see that children these days have so little imaginations, what are we teaching them? Technology is the only source of entertainment? Money buys love and happiness? What is social interaction now? Are we losing the ability to communicate with each other face to face? Walking down the street I see people stare at their phones, if you smile or say hi theyâ€™re confused.
There have been studies into the psychiatry of murders showing that as children they grew up in an abusive environment and were involved in minimal play.
Social play is how we bond with one another, make a joke, a facial expression, touch. Sex is a form of play we build a closeness an intimate bond of trust with one another. If we donâ€™t learn these foundations as children the way we socially interact with a partner, a boss, a friend a stranger whoever it is, itâ€™s lost.
Play is a way of experimenting, we learn to problem solve, we learn how to share. Are these qualities we need as adults as well? Of course. It is a source of exploration for movement, adjusting the body to avoid injury, recruitment of appropriate muscle groups to perform tasks. When the freedom of play is taken away we forget how to simply listen to or bodies for answers. If you do a gym class does the instructor tell you what muscles are being used? What happened to tuning into your body, feeling, making decisions or adjustments naturally? Stop overthinking everything and simply find your flow and rhythm, by doing this you can relax into the task or movement. When I was younger Iâ€™d go for a run and be thinking of it as work, and I would fatigue quickly. In comparison I would run and play with my dog and could do this for so long without thinking of my breath or looking at is as work. I let go and â€œplayedâ€ allowing my breath to be rhythmic and relaxed, my body to move naturally and to be joyous in what I was doing. You will feel you’re most fit and healthy when you let go and just have fun with it.
Play is a way of releasing stress or tension, it not only excites us and is a way to release endorphins otherwise known as â€œhappy hormones.â€ Studies by researcher Jean Twenge suggest that the number of children and adults who are suffering from depression is rising, children are being forced to act more like adults taking on more stress and responsibility. They are not engaging in enough intrinsic motivation, the ability to find joy through oneself which then influences how they can self-relax, entertain and learn.
How to play.
– Find joy in everything you do
– Communicate with people verbally and physically
– Be spontaneous
– Play does not have to be a structured game or take long simply jump up in the air, do things â€œjust becauseâ€
– By simply playing and letting go you discover yourself and what makes you happy
– Explore and discover
– Be intuitive listen, and learn from people, objects, and environment. Look at every experience as a gift.
Look at your life and ask yourself… Are you having fun yet?