The Benefits of Play
Play is critical in improving physical, emotional and mental well-being and has come to the forefront of positive coping strategies for adults in recent studies — many overworked professionals are encouraged to, simply, play — a task many of us no longer know how to do.
This is unsurprising given that, currently, school children spend less time on breaks than students from 20 years ago. It is important to bear in mind that play has a crucial role in the healthy development of an individual; if they are expected to work during their break time — whether it’s to catch up on unfinished work or because of a breaktime detention — then children aren’t getting the break they need. This has ramifications beyond the short-term; it exposes children to stress at a young age and sets them up for mental health issues as they grow older.
By respecting the play time allotted to children through reinforcing it, educators can promote a healthy school environment that will lessen the number of students that exposed to mental health issues in the future.