Let’s be honest. Most of us are working too hard and playing too little. We hope to work to live but most of us end up living to work. We feel trapped in this upside down approach to our adult lives. But making time for play is serious business and has tangible benefits for our health, our work performance and our personal success. Research shows participation in leisure activities enhances our health, reduces stress and promotes better overall physical and mental wellbeing. Engaging in playful activities that we enjoy helps protect us from the negative effects of stress. For people diagnosed with ADHD, scheduling time for playful activity may be even more important, according to recent research.
While most people with ADHD respond well to medication, there are additional ways to improve your focus and concentration. Engaging in physical activity, especially that is pleasurable and involves teamwork and creativity, can help stimulate areas of the brain that improve the ability to concentrate and focus for longer periods of time. And, these effects can last long after you have finished playing. So we should play. And play hard. So ask yourself, what do you enjoy playing? Team sports? Throwing a ball in the backyard with your kids? Swimming or surfing? Running or biking?… Now, go do it. It’s an important step in maintaining and improving your brain’s health.
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson