The 6 Barriers to Play

"Play is something we often neglect because we tend to think of it as frivolous, but it’s actually the thing we need the most when our life feels overwhelming."

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When was the last time you did something just for the fun of it? Seriously! Whenever we are in a state of stress or anxiety, play is often the first thing that gets pushed to the back burner. But play is SO important for an emotionally healthy life! It acts as a “stress buffer” and often makes us feel at ease in the face of high stress. Today, listen in as we explore six barriers that often prevent us from incorporating play into our life.

Key Takeaways

  • Play is anything we do simply for the joy of doing it rather than a means to an end.
  • “When you do play, you feel better equipped to engage the stressors of your life.”
  • Play should not be used as a way to escape, but instead as a way to refill yourself.
  • Pay attention to your story if you feel resistant to the idea of play. Did you have parents who relentlessly told you to “grow up?” Did you experience something that caused you to take on more responsibility than you should have had? What in your story creates a barrier to play?
  • You don’t need to be at 100% all the time. In fact, you can’t be.
  • If you want to find more joy in your life right now, start by writing down three things you enjoy doing just for the fun of it. Do those things!
  • “Play is something we often neglect because we tend to think of it as frivolous, but it’s actually the thing we need the most when our life feels overwhelming.”

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