Since no two individuals experience stress in the same way, people disagree on a good definition.
In our fast-paced, hurried society it is difficult to avoid having stress in our lives. Some stress helps us aim high and reach our potential. Too much stress can cause us to become depressed and even sick.
Play is often thought as frivolous and only for children, but The National Institute for Play founded by Stuart Brown, M.D. recognizes that it is important for the productivity and health of all humans. There are thousands of ways to play both individually and with others.
Below find a few resources on play and stress reduction.
- Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul Stuart Brown
- The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook Martha Davis
- Let’s Play and Learn Together: Fill Your Baby’s Day with Creative Activities that are Fun and Enhance Development Roni Leideman and Wendiy Masi
- Restoring Your Life Energy: Simple Chi Gung Practices to Reduce Stress and Enhance Well-Being Waysun Liao
- New Beliefs, New Brain: Free Yourself from Stress and Fear Lisa Wimberger