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The Benefits of Play
While coloring the other day at a 4-H meeting, I realized how relaxed I felt. M, E, and I were helping out with the groupís Northwest Montana Fair float project, and I was outlining circles with various colors to simulate a crowd at a rodeo. Lately, Iíve been feeling rushed as everything seems to be screaming ďGet this done first!Ē It was a guilt free hour of respite from my usual routine.
As a woman, I do believe I get my share of play even though my kids accuse me otherwise. I can be found swinging at the playground, swooshing down waterslides, or playing in the snow in winter. An occasional game of badminton is fun and perhaps you saw me playing dodge ball out front a few weeks ago. To the chagrin of M & E, a game of peek-a-boo with a little boy recently occupied me while waiting in line to check out.
Laughter is the best medicine, exercise is the cheapest, and play restores us. I can attest that my concentration and focus are better when Iím playing avid hunter with my bow and arrows. Everyday cares are set aside and my full attention is on the target.
Hereís a list of some of the benefits of play:
Too often I have seen women who have refused to
play. They sit on the sidelines and say no to driving go-carts,
paddling canoes, or shooting guns. Perhaps they play in other games,
but why not go for all the gusto you can get?