Play Benefits Mental Health in Children
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a great time to learn and understand how play benefits mental health in everyone, especially children. Maintaining good mental health is important to your overall well-being. What better way to support your child’s mental health than through PLAY!
“Time to play is more important now than ever,” says Dr. Toni Linder, a leader in the field of early childhood development. “Play of all kinds engages the pleasure centers of the mind, releasing endorphins associated with feelings of happiness.”
Benefits of Play
Play, especially social play, is one of the best ways children learn! It not only helps them develop essential social skills, but it can also aid in developing both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. These skills will benefit them throughout life. Read more about The Importance of Social Play on our blog.
Play is tons of fun! Children inherently love to play, and will almost always say yes to a playtime opportunity. Play creates a foundation of stable mental health by allowing the brain to relax, which can relieve stress. It also enhances empathy, increases creativity, and promotes resourcefulness.
Many Ways to Play
There are many different ways to play to encourage strong mental health in children. Imagine or ‘pretend’ play, dramatic play, active play, and gameplay are all great examples of how to incorporate play into your child’s day. For more details on these different kinds of play, check out our Play is Important for Children’s Mental Health blog post.
Take the Play Promise Challenge
The verdict is in! Play. Changes. Everything. Make it a priority to play as little as 20 minutes a day, and you’ll find it to be a transformative habit, and notice the benefits to your mental health. You may find that the more you do it, the better you’ll feel, and the better you feel, the more you’ll want to PLAY. Read more about how to work PLAY into your everyday life in our Play Promise Challenge blog.