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Finding Balance In Action: Schedule in creativity

Ok so I know there’s A LOT of exercises this week, so feel free to schedule this one in for any time in the next two weeks. I would say that this is one of the most important exercises as it cultivates true self expression and can be so immensely rewarding, genuinely renewing your spirit.

 

Schedule in a creative activity from Monday’s list (or think of anything creative for that matter) to do for one evening this week – even if only for an hour. TIP: Your favorite childhood creative pastimes are often extremely fun to revisit!

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Lose yourself in play: Invent games!

When 500 days of summer came out (a great romcom if ever there was one) I was astonished as I had already played the game that featured in the famous scene in the park, the one where they yell out that word louder and louder. I must have laughed so hard at the TV I cried, remembering just how funny those moments when I had played that game had been.

 

One of the ways we can become immersed in play is to invent funny games such as these. There are so many ways you can get creative and invent games, below I have listed just a few of the games I have invented over the years which will hopefully inspire you to create your very own.

 

  • Say a naughty word and progressively say it louder and louder until you are shouting it (this is a great exercise to lose all self consciousness)
  • Play truth or dare
  • Embarrass your friends – the one who embarrasses someone the most wins
  • Score points at Karaoke for effort
  • See who can pull the ugliest face – the winner wins a free drink

 

Have you ever invented a game? Which games have you played in the past? Do you like the idea of playing some of the games in this post? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

Lose yourself in play: Embracing silliness!

In my younger years I naturally embraced silliness. I skipped down the street, piggybacked unexpectedly on friends, made up games and generally giggled a lot. Somewhere along the way, perhaps as I grew older, I ceased being as silly. It happened so gradually that it took for me to reflect to notice it, but nevertheless it happened. I still had my silly moments of course, but they had become fewer and further between.

 

Although some might call this a natural progression when we age I was determined to regain some of my silliness that shaped my younger years. Silliness that created spontaneity, joy and a sense of wonder. After all I had known many people older than I who had retained silliness and embraced it well into old age.

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How to Avoid Problems by Integrating Play Part Four

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Picture courtesy of Shutterstock

 

Last week we looked at the advantages of having a bucket list in helping us play more and reaping plays benefits of light-heartedness, flexibility and optimism. This week we discover the essential questions to ask yourself when creating your bucket list.

 

The main questions to ask yourself when compiling your bucket list are…

 

  • What have I always wanted to do?
  • Where do I want to travel?
  • What events would I like to go to?
  • What activities would I like to try out?
  • What classes would I like to take?
  • What hobbies would I like to adopt?
  • What skills would I like to have?
  • Which sports would I like to try out?

 

After realizing many of my problems were a result of a lack of play in my life (causing me to be inflexible and have a reduced resilience to stress) I have to admit that I cannot wait to embark on more play this year and focus on my 40 before 40 bucket list.

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Why You Won’t Regret Taking A Class

Often joyful and immersive play happens when novelty exists. One of the best ways to create this type of playful experience is to try out a new class, something which excites and motivates you. Below is a list of all the different types of classes available, find one that appeals to you and check to see if it is featured on www.tasterlab.com – a website which offers deals on taster sessions of all the best classes in your area.

 

• Yoga
• Pilates
• Aerobics
• Cooking (all types)
• Sewing
• Knitting
• Creative Writing
• Speed Reading
• Memory Training
• Massage

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20 Playful and Immersive Activities Which Will Boost Your Lust for Life

Recent studies by Dr. Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, have revealed that play leads to greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity. In light of this I’ve compiled a top twenty list of fun and playful activities that will hopefully inspire you to begin to prioritize play in your life.

 

  1. Have a bubbles blowing competition – the biggest one wins!
  2. Dance – a lot
  3. Daydream
  4. Watch stand up comedy
  5. Have a water fight
  6. Do karaoke or sing along to your favourite CD / song on the radio
  7. Pop bubble wrap
  8. Go on a swing
  9. Skip along the street for fun
  10. Scrapbooking
  11. Knitting / sewing
  12. Photography
  13. Mosaics (mirrors, tables, pots)
  14. Country drives and tea shop breaks
  15. Picnics in the park with music
  16. Playing fetch with your dog
  17. Getting a piggy back ride from a friend down the street
  18. Going to a market, looking at trinkets and stopping for food
  19. Going to an immersive cinema experience
  20. Going to an immersive theatre experience

 

In reality this list is just the tip of the iceberg and there are many more playful pastimes out there. Can you spot any I have missed out? What do you find enjoyable, fun and immersive? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

20 Adventurous Activities to Inject Some Adrenaline and Play into Your Life

There’s nothing quite like adventure to get your heartbeat racing and your adrenaline pumping – and it’s a sure fire way to ensure you enjoy immersive play. Adventure infuses our play with both novelty and excitement – an intoxicating mix!

 

My bucket list already includes both skydiving, clay pigeon shooting and flying trapeze lessons and I’ve already done snorkelling, speed boat rides, waterfall hikes, 4 x 4 track adventures, camping, white water rafting and horseback riding. And I’ve now got even more items from which I’d like to add to my fifty before fifty. See below for my top twenty adventurous activities list and discover your thrill seeking side.

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How to Avoid Problems by Integrating Play Part One

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Throughout the years I’ve had a turbulent relationship with play. Being an all or nothing type of person I’ve gone from ‘all play and no work’ in my twenties to ‘all work and no play’ in my thirties. In recent years my desire to progress in my career has led to a more ‘all work and no play’ approach, which has admittedly been fuelled by my perfectionism.

 

After some discussions with my therapist I realized that neither approach had served me very well. If I wanted to increase my resilience to stress when it arose and reduce the possibility of burn out, I needed to introduce more play into my life!

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February’s New Hot Topic… Play!

In today’s hectic world all too often play is thought of as childish and indulgent but recent studies by Dr. Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play, have revealed that play leads to greater light-heartedness, empathy, flexibility, adaptiveness, optimism, hope for the future and produces a sense of belonging. Play even promotes our being open to new ideas and increases our creativity.

 

So this February join me in rediscovering a life full of both wonder and play – a life where obstacles are successfully tackled with our newly enhanced skills of flexibility and adaptiveness. A life which promotes well being and ultimately leads to our relationships flourishing as a result of greater empathy, optimism and hope.

 

I can’t wait to embark on this journey with you all!

 

Wishing you all the joy and happiness you deserve,

 

x X x Jenny x X x

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