Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi - (Page 30)

As A child, my afternoons were spent kicking the soccer ball, dressing up Barbies and, if I was feeling particularly entrepreneurial, working my lemonade stand. Times were simpler then. I didn’t have to worry about work deadlines, traffic or utility bills. It was easier to let my mind wander when there were no obligations clouding it. But growing up doesn’t have to mean growing out of playtime. In fact, finding ways to let loose as adults allows us to enjoy the same feel-good, carefree attitudes we once did as children—while keeping our minds sharp. “Research indicates that play can help you relax, enhance creativity and can stimulate curiosity,” says Share DeCroix Bane, Ph.D., chair of the Mental Health and Aging Network. “You allow for a different part of the mind to function in a different way other than what it would do on a daily basis.” Playful activities even can help with problem solving, improve brain function, alleviate stress and improve social skills, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. It’s time for you to embrace your inner child and experience the mental and physical health benefits of play. PhotograPh by Photolibrary 30 Vim & Vigor • SUM M ER 2 010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi
Opening Thoughts
Baby Steps
Back Talk
It’s a ‘No Brainer’
Ready ... Set ... Get Motivated!
Having Reservations?
Stressing Stress
Second Act
Adults at Play
In Good Hands
Think Again
No Kidding
Giving Is Great Medicine
Recovering Lost Lives
Westward Expansion
Take a Deep Breath
Catch the Spirit

Vim & Vigor - Summer 2010 - North Mississippi