Childhood is a crucial phase in the life of every human as it shapes the thought process, behaviors, and beliefs of a person. Childhood play is not only a part of life, but it forms the foundation of life experiences. It has numerous positive impacts on an individual’s emotional, social, mental, and physical state even throughout adulthood.
Adulthood, on the other hand, comes with less time to play. As people grow older, they have more responsibilities, and at some point, stop playing. Yet, the positive impact of play doesn’t end with childhood. It is equally beneficial to adults and can affect work, behaviors, relationships, and mood.
During recreation, most adults do things like see a movie, go to a fancy restaurant, or watch soccer. Primarily, their choice of activities does not engage the body or require a lot of energy. However, childhood play involves more energetic activities like sports, swinging, and other physical and mentally engaging activities.
The Benefits of Playing on Adult Relaxation Behavior
Playing has a lot of benefits for adults. Most adult lives are extremely busy or filled with worry and anxiety from their jobs, family, and bills. Playing like a child would help adults feel more relaxed, relieve stress, and rejuvenate the mind and body.
Here are two prominent effects of childhood play on adult relaxation behavior.
Increases the Release of Endorphins
Endorphins are chemical secretions that help the body cope with stress, pain, or anxiety. They evoke a feel-good sensation and are popularly called “feel-good chemicals.” Childlike play and laughter help increase the production of endorphins, which in turn help adults feel calm, happy, and relax better.
Enhances Brain Function
Mentally and physically challenging games such as puzzles help to increase brain activity and enhance brain function. One great thing about childhood play is, more often than not, it involves other people. To enjoy childhood play, you need social interaction with friends and family. Interactive play helps to reduce depression and loneliness, affecting adult relaxation behavior positively.
Childhood play is an excellent way of bringing an adult close to the fun memories and simpler times of their childhood. It helps them take their eyes off life’s pressures and adopt an optimistic view, even if it’s for a while.
Childhood play helps adults boost their energy levels, making it easy to unwind and is a fantastic way to improve relaxation behavior in adults.