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LoveYourBrain Tip: Play In The Snow!

PLAY IN THE SNOW!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 1.25.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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With winter finally arriving in the eastern and middle parts of the country, it’s tempting (and quite wonderful, actually) to hunker down and stay indoors.

However, now is also the best time to reconnect with your inner child.  Carve out some time to venture outside and play.  When was the last time you built a snowman, engaged in a snowball fight, or jumped in to snow piles?

Studies have long shown that outdoor play is supremely beneficial for children’s brain development.  It increases their ability to concentrate, helps with social skills, and improves motor coordination.  But playing outside is important for adults as well.  The increased oxygen intake triggers creativity and productivity, and the joy cultivated during play provides the perfect antidote to stress.  Being outside can also help us feel connected to the world around us, which is important during these isolating winter months.    

Whether or not there’s snow where you live, take 30 minutes out of your day to bundle up and go play in the great outdoors.