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Play Break is an emotional-social break for wellness through play. The idea comes from play therapy's effect on individuals with trauma and anxiety. 
Learning and engaging become an enjoyable experience when you use to play as an intervention. Playing is really just problem-solving satisfyingly for the user. So, it becomes an integral part of the healing process for individuals suffering from various mental and emotional issues. While this isn't structured play therapy, it is a play intervention for stress, anxiety, and trauma. (Schaefer & Drewes, 2014). The fact is common sense to go out and have fun. Still, it's not something in our society that we actually deem necessary. We say the words self-care, but we promote hustle culture. 

As a clinician, who has used play as an intervention in therapy, I have watched it transform lives. In my college experience, game night at the student union or with my friends felt like the first time I could breathe. Being socially awkward and generally anxious made it difficult for me to human and be healthy. Games became a way I could communicate with the world, make friends, and have joy. 

Once a month and two days during reading week, I will host a play break, a play intervention for the busy Reed student. There will be board games and there will be cards. You can learn a new game or teach us your favorite. Join us for a break, play, and decompression on the following dates. Maybe even laughter.

Friday, September 16, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
Friday, November 18, 2022
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Thursday, December 8, 2022

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