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Midori by the Sea

Dec 21, 2021

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How to Embrace Our Inner Child Physically

We really have forgotten how to play and let’s relearn the joy of being silly

Photo by Jacob Mejicanos on Unsplash

Fun — why we need it

The merits of having fun

“the relevance of play in the adult world and its vital role in fostering imagination, enabling independent thought and challenging the status quo” — Wellcome Trust, Play Well Exhibition

  • Recharge our energy
  • Boost creativity
  • Forget about worries and practise mindfulness (try asking a kid in the mud what they want for dinner, they will eat dirt and it’s still good)
  • Become less self-conscious
  • Move our bodies and limps (just play twister)
  • Release happy chemicals that boost our moods
  • True, unpretentious, mad laughter

What’s play?

I permit myself to play.

Five ways to start playing now

  1. Origami: that’s when you fold the paper in specific ways to create paper animals, hearts or whatever. It’s particularly great for people who like structure, instructions and systems. It’s akin to lego but more organic and elegant. Here’s a website with instructions to start with.
  2. The Exquisite Corpse game: This is a game created by Parisian surrealists. One person draws on part of the paper and when they finish, they fold to cover the drawing but leave a little hint. The second person takes over and base on the hint, they draw a bit more and then cover it again. Then the next person…until the paper is filled up. This game trains our creative muscles and is a great game to play between couples or at a sophisticated wine-tasting party (or any time).
  3. Drawing: A very successful entrepreneur friend of mine recently moved from LA to London. He’s overwhelmed by the new environment and culture. Although he’s an extrovert, he feels that his energy has been drained by the new social norms and meeting new friends. So he started to carve out time to draw with some lo-fi background music on. He enjoys this time a lot as it’s not on the computer, or with people. I asked him about how he started on a blank piece of paper, he told me that in the beginning, he would look up pictures online to copy, but slowly, he just does whatever he wants. Again, play is a muscle we can train.
  4. For something more active, I suggest silly yoga. There are a bunch of yoga postures that are so fun to do and not obsessed with flexibility. For example, the Happy Baby, Lion‘s Breath, and you can totally try this particular video that I go back to all the time with my rainbow yogic outfit (I really do have one!)
  5. Christmas? Yes! Boardgame, cards against humanities, Rummikub, they will be so fun whilst the family gather around for the festive season. But rather than eating so much and paralyse with a food coma, how about a hike in the woods? When all the stores are closed, it’s always great to escape from the internet and consumerism, and embrace nature. Choose a route that requires a bit of climbing up and down the rocks, put on your waterproof wellingtons, and that’s your playground right there.
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