In my opinion, recreation is a really important part of our program, especially if we look at therapeutic side of it. The “need to do something for recreation “is an essential element of human biology and psychology. Also it’s a great factor for our residents to do better in program; it might help them to operate more effectively and productively.
The therapeutic effect of REC is being happier and feeling better, it’s a great opportunity for residents to experience self-actualization and spiritual renewal.
It also helps to bond with peers and staff, promoting well-being and healthy development.
Positive and enjoyable recreation experience can decrease stress and psychological tension.
Social interaction through recreation breaks down unfamiliarity, fear and isolation, promotes positive contact between different communities.
When young people feel good about themselves they operate more effectively and productively in our communities, families and schools. Certain recreation activities teach the importance of trust, appropriate risk taking, supportive social interaction and personal challenge while creating valuable life long memories.
When I am planning recreational activities, I try to include activities my residents are requested as well as activities that will have positive emotional impact on residents. Often I hear from my residents that they have never have been at this place or never did this type of activities because of their family situations. There is so many ways to show our residents that they are loved and that we care about them and recreation is one of it.