Retreat-vacations are the new play-dates for adults. According to the 2014 Trend Report Wellness-Retreats are on the rise as are adult week-end retreats. Due to the economic and stress related challenges of conventional travel, vacation-time deprived people are opting for close-to-home retreats. This current trend is called Near-Away travel, where people choose getaways closer to home, rather than the severe recession-era Stay-cation of remaining at home.

 Adults are ready for some fun and retreat-vacations appear to be the play-date of choice. Here are a few reasons why they are important as a form of adult play.

According to a study published in PsychCentral.com play is just as important for adults as it is for children. “Defining play is difficult because it’s a moving target,” Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play, said. “[It’s] a process, not a thing.” He said it begins in anticipation and hopefully ends in poise.

Experts and studies describe play as the process of finding surprise and strength of mind, body and spirit through imagination.

 “We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up,” said Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D. vice president for play studies at The Strong and editor of the American Journal of Play.

  Psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, calls play a “state of being.”  Dr. Brown compares play to oxygen. He writes, “…it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” He goes on to say, “This might seem surprising until you consider everything that constitutes play. Play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting and daydreaming.”

Life is hard work! Play creates balance. It is an important part of social growth, wellness, and peace of mind; the building blocks for a healthy body.  Children and pets have scheduled play-dates. When was the last time you scheduled a play-date for you and played like you were back in third grade?  It may be time to be treated to a retreat, the playdate for adults.

 

 

THE AUTHOR: Kathleen O’Keefe Kanavos is a Keynote speaker, TV/Radio Host/Producer, International Bestseller/ Multi-award winning author/columnist, and 3x Breast Cancer Survivor whose dreams diagnosed cancer. Kat believes dreams diagnose life.  Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at USF. www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com

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