Taking yourself too seriously can be the death of creativity. Not only that, but there is scholarly research from the field of psychology that play is a component to a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. In his book, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, Dr. Scott Brown asserts that play is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. According to his research, Dr. Brown claims that there is enough evidence to indicate that humans are “designed by nature to flourish through play”. So what exactly does “play” look like when you’re an adult? The key is to expand your idea of play to include anything that is fun, done without purpose, and enjoyable. Whether you’re reading aloud to a partner, singing in the shower, calling up a friend for a chat, or treating your dog to a game of fetch— it’s all play. Give yourself permission to play, especially during stressful times. Taking a few minutes to play might just be the reset your brain needs to open yourself up to creative inspiration.