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By : Sheeba Riyas, Author and Motivational Speaker, i-skillz.com
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Before you begin to wonder if I am talking to a bunch of kids, let me explain that I am talking to you, whoever you are.

We all need to play every day. Play will make you feel alive and in good cheer. Play makes life worthwhile.

Let me define play. Play is any activity that one enjoys doing. We have all played as children and with age comes responsibilities and multiple roles that gradually force us to permit less time for play. Sadly, quite a few of us have even forgotten how to play!

You don’t exactly have to get down on all fours and trot around like a wild horse. Neither do you have to join the local football team to really play. Play varies from one individual to the next. Play is anything that you truly enjoy doing. Play should be an activity that is healthy,stress relieving and totally relaxing.

While you may enjoy watching sitcoms, someone else may find playing computer games a great way to play. Just start with one fun thing to do each day. It should not take too much of your time but when it is time to play, you just set everything else aside and have fun. It’s your time.

Before you start moaning about having to fit in an extra activity into your overflowing schedule, let me ease your tension a little. Play time can fit into any part of the day. You don’t have to worry about when you can find the time to do it. You just need to remember to do it!

A great way of reminding yourself each day would be to probably set two alarms on your cell phone each day. One should go off probably sometime in the morning before you leave for work and the other, at night before you retire to bed.

If you are already feeling too exhausted to play at the end of the day or are rushing to work, then this is where I bring in another alternative.

You obviously can’t read your favorite comic when you are in rush hour traffic but you certainly can listen to some great music! Have more than one option for play. In fact, over the years I have developed more than a dozen activities to fit in with a variety of play time for myself. I always seem to have something to have fun with when I get the time to do so, even if it is for just 10 minutes.

Why is play so important? Well, we all know it releases positive energy and is a great stress buster. There is much more to play than just that.

Play makes us look at the brighter side of life. Play brings out positive vibrations from within the soul. It rejuvenerates our mind. It makes us love life.

Life must be loved for one to move on. We may not always enjoy everything we do but setting aside some time for an activity that we do love will make all the difference.

So what happens on bad days? Well, when you are seeing more blue than any other color, switch off and play hard. It won’t be easy to start. You will need to think of an activity that will get your adrenalin pumping harder than your heartbeat. It does not have to be a physically challenging activity. It just has to be something that will require your full attention and enthusiasm (it definitely isn’t your work!). Play can bring you out of any negative emotion if you would allow it to.

Make a list of activities that you love to do. It could consist just about anything from reading books to playing with your toddler but it must be something you utterly enjoy. Besides that, there are no hard and fast rules.

So….have you played today yet? I have not as yet, but I am on my way….cheers!

 Top Comment : Sudeep Tarafdar   | 04 09 2009 11:48:03 +0000
Yes sheeba you are right here one has really forgot to play i certainly not play anymore as i am so busy all the time doing some or the other thing...if i am free i'll be watching tv and again the same routine follows the next day and coming days also...so thanks for the reminder sheeba...will certainly find something to play......nice post.
 
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11 comments on "Did You Play Today?"
  Commented by  Dhananjay Raturi, Head of the Department, XYZ    | 07 17 2009 15:27:47 +0000
Ever wondered how the touch of dew drops feels on grass blades NOWADAYS?
  Commented by  Ami Hitesh Janani, MarComm Manager, Anysource    | 05 08 2009 08:16:19 +0000
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yes very true........ i make it a point to play everyday......... in my busy schedule in office, i just open the newspaper and finish the sudoku, and other word games. It gives me immense pleasure and refreshes my mind. Nice article and thanks for sharing it.......
  Commented by  B.Mehernath, Sales/BD Manager, Belroc Costruction chemicals India(P) Ltd.    | 05 04 2009 15:24:16 +0000
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That's 100% true, way back in 1990 i attended one conference of MRF Tyres and while discussing the matters we asked about MRF's association with sports and the answer i got is when a child is born right from that day he learns things while playing, get's his strength wile playing, masters the art by playing and that true. Unless we try and practice it's difficult to learn a bicycle and it's a process right from childhood till old age we keep playing knowingly or unknowingly as per our physical and mental capacity, just sit back and thing what did you play today and you'll get the answer.   
  Commented by  Makrand Bhave, Sales Promotion Manager, Camlin Limited    | 05 04 2009 09:25:25 +0000
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Interesting! Play... play for.. Play with... Play against... Play along.. So many plays to play :)
Good artcile!
  Commented by  Dushyant Hada, Territory Manager    | 05 03 2009 17:54:33 +0000
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Yes Sheeba, I have still got time for play and thats give me lot of positivity and energy to do great things. Thanks for nice sharing
  Commented by  AMOD KUMAR YADAV, Manager - Projects Sales & Marketing, RDK INTERNATIONAL LIGHTING LLC    | 05 02 2009 07:42:10 +0000
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Hi Sheeba. Good one. I am not sure about other days but I will try to play on friday and saturday. Thanks for sharing such a healthy and wealthy posting.
  Commented by  Nitin M Aras, Head/VP/GM-Tech. Support, Wintech Taparia Limited    | 05 02 2009 07:31:20 +0000
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I do it as you are saying here. No time barrier, anytime you can play, even in office, you need to select how to play maintaining the decora of the event place.

Thanks for sharing.
  Commented by  Jyoti Rath, Sr. Associate, Barclays    | 05 02 2009 07:18:45 +0000
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Its a fact and I agree with Mr. Ahmed there is no time for many of us where we can accomodate play and other activities.....I want to but unfortunately cannot.......
  Commented by  Ahmed Sultan, Senior Tourism Consultant, UltraConsultants    | 05 01 2009 19:38:45 +0000
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Unfortunately, my daily schedule can not accommodate your idea.
  Commented by  Radhakrishna Marar, Business Analyst, Oracle    | 04 09 2009 11:57:31 +0000
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Yes sheeba one should play on a daily basis as i do it everyday, i play badminton on a regular basis with my friends near my house. And seriously it brings so much positive ness and releases stress a lot and one will be relaxed all day, and he will also be anticipating for the next day for the game and it just gives something else to think apart from office and home which is very much rejuvenating.
  Commented by  Sudeep Tarafdar, Senior Consultant, IBM    | 04 09 2009 11:48:03 +0000
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Yes sheeba you are right here one has really forgot to play i certainly not play anymore as i am so busy all the time doing some or the other thing...if i am free i'll be watching tv and again the same routine follows the next day and coming days also...so thanks for the reminder sheeba...will certainly find something to play......nice post.
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