Feeling Stuck? Schedule Some Playtime!

How play can help you move through a down season

Molly Miller
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I’ve been slowly but surely working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron since April (and, yes, we should be done by now, but life happens, and things sometimes get delayed). One of the major concepts that show up in the book repeatedly is the idea that play is vital to the process of healing your inner artist.

Play can be any activity that you do just for fun. It can be reading, playing sports, listening to a favorite album, or whatever strikes your fancy at the moment. Cameron recommends that every person trying to recover from creative block try to increase the time they spend engaging in play by taking themselves on an Artist Date once a week.

The goal of the Artist Date is to take a break from the reality of chores, work, making decisions, and all of the other responsibilities that make up our days by spending time alone doing something purely for fun. The idea is that this will help you practice self-care by forcing you to take time for yourself, which will then lead to a more positive relationship with your inner child/inner artist.

When my group first started meeting, I was very into the idea of the Artist Date. I’ve always struggled with spending time alone in public, so this felt like a push in the right…

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Molly Miller
New Writers Welcome

Public health practitioner| Former educator| Multi-passionate| Open to freelance writing opportunities - mollymillerfreelance@gmail.com