Playing outside with your kids
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Playing together with your children provides a huge energy boost. It has been proven that playing outside increases energy levels. So don't fall asleep on the couch with a cappuccino, but go outside and play soccer with your children. The combination of physical activity without obligations gives you a nice boost for a long time.
Okay, you're probably not reading this for the first time, and it may be a cliché, but it has become a cliché for a reason: we need time to do fun things. We need activities to recharge after a long day or week of work! Our brains are always on, while our bodies are firmly in one place. Usually at a computer.
To refresh our creative energy, feel better, and improve our relationships (both with ourselves and others), it's important that we set aside time to do fun things.
The best way to do that? Play! Taking a break with your kids to run around, blow off steam, and just be yourself for a while. Being an adult certainly doesn't mean being serious all the time - Your kids have a right and a need to play with you.
More and more scientific studies show that the power of play is just as magical for adults as it is for children. Participating in games or fun activities with your children brings you closer together. In the process, endorphins are released which makes you form a closer bond with your children. This is because you have shared a fun experience together. You have laughed together.
Laughing together releases oxytocin, a chemical that helps us feel connected to another person. So telling bad jokes or having a water fight with your kids brings you closer together. Being less serious and bringing out the fun, spontaneous side may even make you more attractive to your partner. In fact, studies have shown that playfulness makes us more attractive.
In addition, playing gives you and your children an energy boost. It has been proven that playing outside, increases energy levels. So, if you're feeling drained, it's best to go outside with your kids and play soccer for a while instead of falling back on a cappuccino. The combination of physical activity without obligations will give you a boost for a longer period of time.
Doing things just for fun also sparks our creativity. When we play with our kids, we don't worry about whether we're doing something right or if we look silly - we just enjoy the moment and get totally into it. That's the power of play - it lets you stop being a rational, analytical adult for a while. An added benefit of playing is that it gives you and your children a lot of self-confidence. This comes in handy when you must give an important presentation the next day, for example.
But here you will not lie awake for a moment because you sleep much better at night and wake up less. Playing helps your body to fall asleep at the right time. This is because your energy level naturally begins to drop sooner after you've played outside.
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