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By Chriselda Santos MA LPC-S CCP
As a board member of Alamo Chapter of Texas Association for Play Therapy its part of the mission to spread the word about the healthy aspects of play for various age groups. I have been asked to present on building a healthy work-life balance to a company in San Antonio. Work–life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) on one hand and “life” (Health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development) on the other. Recent research says that more than 60% respondents are not able to find a balance between their personal and professional life. Traditional thinking leading to more stress and lack of concentration in work, hence leading to greater absenteeism and increase in attrition rate. Then the play comes into the picture activities and social spaces are an important part of the work-life balance.
In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have time for pure fun. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we’ve stopped playing. When we do carve out some leisure time, we're more likely to zone out in front of the TV or computer than engage in fun, rejuvenating play like we did as children. But just because we’re adults, that doesn't mean we have to take ourselves so seriously and make life all about work. We all need to play.
Adult play is a time to forget about work and commitments, and to be social in an unstructured, creative way. The focus of play is on the actual experience, not on accomplishing any goal. There doesn’t need to be any point to the activity beyond having fun and enjoying yourself. Play could be simply goofing off with friends, sharing jokes with a coworker, throwing a Frisbee on the beach, dressing up at Halloween with your kids, building a snowman in the yard, playing fetch with a dog, a game of charades at a party, or going for a bike ride with your spouse with no destination in mind. By giving yourself permission to play with the joyful abandon of childhood, you can reap the myriad of health benefits throughout life.
• to learn
• to create
• to feel challenged
• to lose ourselves in a pleasurable activity
• to calm and focus ourselves
• competitively to win
• for the fun and joy of it