Recreation – A Form of Relaxation

The modern world has started to give due status to the importance of ‘recreation’ in one’s life, thanks to the modern psychologists and management pundits and there is a common awareness among the general population regarding the subject. There is nothing wrong in assuming that the primitive man might also have given a good position for ‘recreation’, even in the early ages of civilization. The various rituals and festivals, spread around the whole world, give us an idea of the importance with which the old societies also considered the importance of ‘recreation’. If you go deep into the subject of ‘recreation’, you will reach those primitive ages when the social structure was controlled by a few and all others were ‘slaves’. It was during that period we saw the ‘gladiators’ and the immortal ‘Spartacus’. The fighting between the various ‘gladiators’ were done as a ‘recreation’ for the dominating class!

One of the giant figures of America’s political arena, ‘Thomas Jefferson’ had once commented like this. “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning”. This golden piece of sentence can be quoted anywhere as a good example for the illustration of the importance of recreation. It should be noted that always ‘health’ is ‘wealth’ and for maintaining a sound health to the mind and body, proper ‘recreation’ is necessary.

Recreation can be interpreted as the proper usage and utilization of ‘time’, in a creative manner, by which the entire process becomes good for the mind and the body. In other words recreation is the process of converting the ‘leisure time’, into a more ‘productive’ manner. With the advancement and modernisation of the society, the need for ‘recreation’ has become a very important one which should not be neglected. The general way of life, especially in the wealthier countries has become very much ‘inactive’ and ‘lazy’. There arises the need and scope of proper ‘recreation’. Even in the developing countries, the general population especially the new generations is tempted to have a lazy or sedentary way of life. The total social advancements all around the world lead them to that kind of a life.

Along with the lazy and inactive ways of life styles, there arise so many health problems and here proper ‘recreation’ will do wonders! But one should take care to limit the ‘recreation’ within one’s own ‘need’ and ‘capacity’. Excessive kinds of ‘recreation’ will again lead to a indisciplined way of life and it should be avoided. If taken in a correct dosage, ‘recreation’ will ease out the mounting pressures and tensions which creep into our inner self because of the modern way of living. Proper usage of ‘recreation’ increases the ‘quality’ of life. In the modern management techniques, especially in the ‘stress management’ field, the need for good ‘recreation’ is given real importance. There are many kinds of ‘recreations’ available, starting from the very many games and sports, traveling, music, theater, arts etc. If you prepare a list it will become really lengthy! Holidaying is another modern form of recreation, which has picked up momentum in the recent decades. One has to choose his own way of ‘recreation’, according to his own physical, mental and of course financial capacities. What counts finally is that whether you are having sufficient recreation or not and the method of recreation is entirely depending upon your will and choice.