As adults, we don’t make enough time to play. Even worse we get so caught up in adulting that we consider making joyful time for ourselves as immature or irresponsible. Studies show that making time for play as adults can reduce stress, increase innovation, boost your mood, improve whole-body health, and more. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate play into your life, consider returning to an old hobby.
See If You Still Love It
If it’s something you can return to with ease, invest in the tools, supplies, equipment, or gear and see if you still have passion for it. If it’s been a while don’t expect to pick up where you left off. Ease back in and see if your heart is still in it.
If your hobby was something physical that you can’t do at the same level as before, such as competitive dance, football, and other athletics—reenvision it. This might be taking an adult dance class, gathering friends for flag football, coaching or teaching, and even watching live games, matches, and performances.
Try Something New
If you return to an old hobby and it’s just not the same anymore, that’s ok. At least you tried! Now, it’s time to try something new. There’s sure to be an art, craft, musical instrument, sport, or activity you have always wanted to try. There’s no time like the present.
Here’s to making play part of your weekly me time!