Our nervous system needs rest. We live in a context of uncertainty and over-demand. In a pandemic, our routine has been altered; the boundaries between work / study and leisure have blurred.
This is why our brains have been constantly on alert for months. There is an urgent need to redefine the priority of play in our lives.
It is vital that we can prioritize and recognize that life can only be obligations and concerns. It is also not about doing and thinking with a productive (economic) boss. Leisure is vital for keeping our brains and bodies healthy.
The importance of gambling in the context of the pandemic
To play is to create, express oneself, share, imagine, learn. We know that play is important for the development of babies, children and adolescents. But we tend to overlook its importance in youth, maturity and old age.
Babies, children and adolescents express themselves mainly through play. The baby plays first through the mouth, then integrates the other senses, becoming more and more independent. Gradually, this is how we learn cognitive skills, but also social skills. This is how we learn to tolerate waiting, to frustrate, to share, to deal with anger, to win and to lose.
As we grow older gambling becomes more social and regulated, Such as board games and sports. However, the game does not lose its sense of creation and communication with others.
Today’s society tends to limit games to just one screen. Even more in the event of a pandemic. It is increasingly disturbing how families associate gaming with cellphones, consoles and tablets. Technology is a part of modern life, however, there is no substitute for traditional play.
For a harmonious development, the child must get dirty, run, climb, ride a bicycle., Play ball, climb on a hammock, play in the house, draw, tell made-up stories, dress up, climb a barrel, gaze at the stars, explore creatures and plants, read stories with mother / father, playing stains, creating masitas clay, playing with animals, painting, playing board games, playing an instrument, dancing and singing.
The teenager, for his part, enjoys some of the games from the previous stages, favoring activities with groups of pairs.. This is why it integrates the regular practice of sports or certain artistic activities, such as dance and music. He also enjoys hobbies of solitude (self-knowledge), such as writing.
- You may be interested in: “The 9 Stages of Human Life”
Leisure in adulthood
When we become adults is when obligations and worries occupy almost all the time, and we forget to devote enough time to enjoyment, leisure. That is why we must strive to incorporate the game into the weekly agenda. At this vital stage, hobbies that don’t involve a screen are crucial. Precisely when it is essential to keep the body and mind active, both in the company of others and in solitude.
While the above forms of play are options for adults, the preference for the recreational practice of other modalities appears, Such as: engaging in regular physical activity, participating in a literary workshop, sharing time outdoors with children or grandchildren, spending time painting mandalas, doing crosswords and board games, reading stories to others, go hiking, get involved in solidarity activities, make textbooks for projects such as: fixing things, participating in a choir, gardening and gardening, weaving, etc.
As we play we connect with others. We allow ourselves to “waste time” and become children again. We move away from worries, we express ourselves, we create, we laugh and we live the present. What are you waiting for? I suggest you stop reading this and “go out and play”.