Play isn’t just for children. It’s a very important neurological state for adults as well. Play is a blended state between sympathetic activation and restful safety. According to polyvagal expert and therapist Deb Dana, bringing more play into our lives can be very healing. It contributes to our well-being. Here are some of Dana’s tips to bring more play into your life:
“1. Notice how often, easily, and intensely you engage in a playful experience.
2. Increase your playful experiences. Find the ones that bring a smile and the ones that bring energy and play in those ways a bit more.
3. Expand your playfulness. Experiment with experiences in the kinds of play that aren’t’ in your play repertoire.”
From Polyvagal Exercises for Safety and Connection by Deb Dana