Why we need to bring playfulness back into our lives
Sometimes our lives can feel like this meme 👉
We’re trying to juggle all the responsibilities life brings, relationships, our health and then attempting to cram in some personal development or learning.
We switch into ‘adult’ mode; our vision narrows, we focus on what we need to do to get through each day. There seems to be no spare time or energy for creativity or for fun.
As adults, society largely values us on our productivity over anything else. Any notion of play is still largely seen as indulgent, a way to avoid responsibilities. Which is kind of backward, if you consider the idea that when you play, you are focused on something. Play is collaborating and creating and imagining new ways of doing things, seeing out all possible avenues, and opening our minds up to a plethora of possibilities.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw
Playfulness means being present more, responding directly to your own life more. It means taking more time to do all the things that make you laugh and smile: painting, surfing, being with the people that make you feel good, dancing, sex. Whatever it is, this should be part of your daily life, and never feel guilty for all the time you allow to it.
Opening up to playfulness has a flow-on effect to our lives; when we’re playful, we are better able to roll with the ups and downs of relationships and we’re more open to creativity, we become flexible thinkers and it unleashes our imagination. Playfulness can have a very real impact.
Here’s how we can bring playfulness back into our lives:
1. Be goofy: Be silly, do a crazy dance (perhaps join in on @kat.john’s Zero Fcks Tuesday and have a dance on your stories), play games (like What do you Meme? Not catfishing a poor guy on Tinder) or get your banter on with your friends.
2. Do something creative: give yourself space to be playful and joyful, plus creativity is an important part of self-identity. You could choose writing, arts & crafts: try creating a physical mood board, play music, cook your favourite meal or whatever your creative outlet is.
3. Try new things: Take a walk or day trip without any plans or route - take delight in the adventure and see where you end up.
4. Living mindfully with a positive attitude: read our guide to Modern Mindfulness For Beginners
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Written by Lucy Green; founder of Homebody Club, obsessed with coffee, the moon, deep conversations, nights in and any form of personality test (she’s an Aries / INFJ / Generator / Pitta Vata / Type 1).