When was the last time you relaxed and played? Playtime for adults shouldn’t be limited to rare occasions.

You might think playing is just for kids, but it’s incredibly beneficial for adults too. After all, wouldn’t it feel great to get that child like joy back in your life on a regular basis?

With 2018 right around the corner, now’s the perfect time to make a resolution you’ll love – taking time out for some adult recess.

More Time With Your Kids

Kids learn a wide variety of skills through play. It’s why playtime is so important for them. Why not join in on the fun? Not only do you get to feel like a carefree child again, but you get more time with your kids. They’ll love the extra time and you’ll wonder why you ever stopped setting aside time to have fun.

Reduce Your Stress

Being an adult isn’t easy. Can you think of a day when didn’t feel stressed out? It’s not healthy for you. Play takes you out of your normal routine and instead of stress, you start feeling pleasure and joy. Even when you’re being competitive, you’re enjoying yourself. Regular playtime helps keep your stress at a manageable level.

Improve Relationships

When you’re less stressed, it’s easier to connect with others. Plus, if you take the time to play games with other adults and/or kids, you’re creating a bonding experience. You’ve probably noticed a surge in adult party games. They’re silly and make you laugh, but they also bring people together to have fun.

Boost Learning And Productivity

Taking a break from a hectic schedule gives you time to refresh your mind. Think of how much sleep benefits you. Play does the same thing. When you’re playing, you feel happier and more confident. You also relax. Those feelings carry over into the rest of your life. You might find you have more energy, you retain information better and you’re more productive at tasks. Kids use play as a form of education, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that playing helps adults learn better too.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. You’re never too old to play around. Play board games with other adults. Act out silly scenes from a book with your kids. Whatever you do, set aside dedicated time to play as you go into 2018.