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Benefits of Play

Benefits of Play

Play at home and in a work environment can be experiences in various forms.

Do you like to hang out and have fun with family or friends? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? Are you spontaneous – finding little moments to dance with wild abandon, or calling up friends for a last-minute games night?  Do you chase your dog around the living room and gleefully snap the dish towel at your husband’s legs?

Or do you view playtime as a guilty pleasure and simply impossible to fit into a day filled with Adult Responsibilities?

Play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids

It really is!

We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up. Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem-solving, creativity and relationships.

Psychiatrist, author and Play Expert Stuart Brown, MD, compares play to oxygen. He says, “It’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” Many experiences constitute play. Play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting, daydreaming, dancing, laughing, jumping in puddles, doing jigsaw puzzles.

(And DIYing with friends. Just sayin’.)

Play is empowering

Play can even facilitate deep connections between strangers and cultivate healing. Have you heard of Patch Adams? He is a renowned physician and a clown! who helps people heal through humour. Now that’s an inspiring use of play!

Play is a moving target, and so rather difficult to nail down with an exact definition. That said, it should begin in anticipation and hopefully end with some degree of fulfillment.  And in between, you find treasures like surprise, pleasure, understanding, skill, empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit.

Play boosts our productivity and happiness

It’s important to add play to your life – give yourself permission to play every day! Find what brings you joy. Surround yourself with playful people. Your play is a state of being – it can be whatever you want it to be.

Will you make time for play today?

Want to experience playing with paint in one of our DIY Workshops? Call to book your own Private Party with friends! It’s time we make play a priority.

It’s a happy talent to know how to play - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3 Benefits of Unleashing Your Creativity

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” Elizabeth Gilbert

We are all creative souls. Really. You may think to yourself, “Oh no – I don’t have a speck of creativity in me!” But wait a second. You surely do have capacities, aspirations, longings, and well, secret talents. You may think you aren’t creative.

But you are.

And having a creative outlet may, in fact, be an essential ingredient to a happy and healthy life. According to clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay: “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating—whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, cake decorating—is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

Here’s what science has to say about having a creative outlet. Creativity:

1.       Improves mental health – when you engage in an enjoyable pastime, the reward centre in your brain releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant. Here’s to improved mood and self-esteem!

2.       Boosts cognitive health – creative expression improves connectivity between the 2 hemispheres of your brain, which improves problem-solving, reasoning and the brain’s overall processing speed. That is, crafting, for example, can help slow down aging!

3.       Enhances physical health – getting creative lowers overall stress levels: your immune system is boosted, while blood pressure and the stress hormone called cortisol are lowered. Taking up a hobby can make your body feel better!

You can be creative on your own.  Or you can join a creative community – take a DIY workshop, for example – where you find kinship and support. And laughter. Lots of it!

So, if we can bring some balance to our mental and physical health by indulging our creativity, why not take advantage and welcome it into our lives? Grab a friend – or come solo – and join us at Homeworks Etc for a DIY workshop. Let your paint brush and creative flag fly!

Social Connection and DIY Workshops

“Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”  Brene Brown

Social support is about connection

Your social network is about the number of people you interact with. You can count your social media friends in this group. But a social network is not the same as social support. Social support has to do with cultivating relationships that go deeper than just a simple Hi and Hello.

While we are more connected now than ever before via social media, the quality of our connections is deteriorating. But we can create meaningful, supportive connections in many ways – emotionally (e.g. loving, trustworthy friends and family), tangibly (e.g. baby sitters), and informationally (e.g. therapists and dentists), for example.

Thriving through social support

Did you know that social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity? Studies show that social connection strengthens our immune system and helps us recover from disease faster. When we feel more connected to others, we are more trusting, cooperative and empathic to others.

DIY workshops can help us live longer!

Another valuable way to connect is through companionship support. This includes our ‘activity’ friends who help us feel socially accepted. They could be your reading group or church group or any other group of people you interact with socially. Your DIY workshop group, for example!

The sense of community and social good that comes from these kinds of groups can deliver on deeper levels like purpose and self-esteem. And at least one study shows that having a sense of purpose can extend your lifespan!

Fellow DIYers can become your TRIBE! We share tips and tricks, techniques we’ve mastered along the way – interspersed with laughter and plenty of life musings. Crafting together fosters community – a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, to feel a part of something special, to unleash creativity, and to share a common passion.

This. Is. Connection.

Join us in one of our DIY Workshops or call to book your own Private Party with friends!

 

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