Why should we play? It’s just time filing right?
No matter what age (or breed) we are, play is essential for our wellbeing. When we engage in play, our happy hormones are released into our body helping us to make new synapses in our brains. Simply put- when we play we become clever! My passion lays in early years education, where play is embraced and celebrated for all it offers to our small people (and the adults interacting alongside).
So how does this affect our wellbeing? We all know that when we are happy life feels easier; we have greater perspective and we feel strong and ready to deal with whatever comes our way. Combined with play, this:
- Strengthens our muscles (yoga)
- Helps our child grow beyond their own egocentricity (sharing our happy),
- Maintains the positive mindset we are already in, helping us to keep balanced (water science)
- Lowers blood pressure and keeps a healthy heart rate, resulting in a wonderful feeling of calmness
- Engages our senses, helping us learn how to tune out of the clutter in our mind and gain focus and perspective
As a Mini Me Yoga Ambassador, when asked to think about ‘why’ we love Mini Me Yoga, this is just the tip of the iceberg for me. If all our small people had the opportunity to understand and promote their wellbeing whilst playing and having fun, not realising the lifelong skills they were acquiring, making them ready for the demands that life will inevitably throw their way… What a world that would be to grow up in!
About Amanda Thorne