What’s What Wednesday: How Adults Can Benefit from Play Therapy
Play Therapy is not just appropriate for children but can also be beneficial to adults as well. Neuroscientists have been studying forms of creativity and finding that some activities are beneficial to your health.
People who are engaged in creative activities will have dopamine released from their brains, which is a natural anti-depressant. When someone is engaged in a creative activity it can take concentration, and can lead to the feeling of a natural high. Many scientists believe there is a link between creative activities and the ability to reduce cognitive impairment associated with aging.
Below are 7 benefits on how Adults Can Benefit From Play Therapy:
- Sand tray therapy
- Story telling
- Jewelry making
- Coloring/ Drawing
Taking the time to activate your creativity and do something that you enjoy allows you time to de-stress and relax while feeling great because you are doing something you love. Research shows that creative practices improve depression, anxiety and coping skills while enhancing the quality of life and significantly reducing stress – all vital for maintaining brain health and well-being. (http://www.davidwolfe.com/why-crafting-is-great-for-mental-health/?c=pwf&vp=wdyer)