Updated: Jun 7
Hey, team. This week we're
going to be talking about staying playful.
And I thought, what better way to do that
than with the most playful puppy
I know, Miss Daisy.
So she's going to be
sitting in the background
just whilst we touch on this week's
So this week I wanted to encourage
you guys to stay playful in your life.
So as we get older, what I've noticed is
it's sort of frowned upon to stay playful,
to act a little bit childish,
to let that inner child come out in you.
And so this week,
I'm encouraging you to do exactly that.
I feel like exploring our playful side
increases our creativity.
It's actually quite healing for ourselves.
It nurtures our individuality
and curiosity about ourselves.
So it teaches us about ourselves
in so many different ways.
So there's many ways
in which we can stay playful in our life.
And I'm sure you guys have things
that you love to do,
things that you love to explore, games
that you like to play.
But here is a prompt
in which you can do it
if you need to explore that further.
So what I want you to do
is remember back to your childhood,
think about a memory
or an activity that you used to do
that made you feel really happy
and really excited on the inside.
If you can't remember
Childhood one, that's okay.
Think back to maybe a happy memory
from like last year,
maybe a few years ago, or just something
that made you feel really good.
The second step is, what about this
memory, made you feel so happy?
What were you doing? Were you running
and you were feeling free?
Were you finger painting in kindergarten?
And you just loved it?
When you're playing mermaids in the pool
with your friends,
what were you doing and what about this
activity made you feel so good?
And the third step
is to replicate that action.
And I don't mean
go out into your swimming pool
and start playing mermaids
if you don't want to.
I mean, feel free to do that as well.
But as an example,
one of my favorite memories
is when I used to play netball,
I felt like when I was on the court
and I was running,
I could see the play happening
before it even happened.
I felt like really excited
and really happy
and like obviously very intense
because it was like a sporting game.
But I felt really peaceful
and calm on the inside.
Like I just knew where I had to go
and what I had to do.
And so I don't necessarily
have to go and play a netball game
in order to replicate this feeling.
Maybe instead I could just go for a run
and push myself.
It's all about exploring your own
curiosity, so there's so many ways
in which you can go about this.
You could head over to Kmart and go
into the kids section and pick up a slime
box that you're like, Hmm,
I feel like playing with this. Why not?
So to finish us off,
I just want to say stay playful.
Let me know in the comments
what you guys end up doing this week
and how you guys plan
to stay playful in your life.
This week I want to encourage us all to stay playful. As we get older, sometimes it’s frowned upon to let your inner child come out and play. But I think there’s nothing more important than doing exactly that! As a way to heal, grow and increase our creativity, keeping in touch with that playful side of ourselves nurtures our individuality and curiosity about ourselves and life in general.
There are many ways that you can go about staying playful in your life but here are three easy steps in case you weren’t too sure:
Remember back to one of your favourite childhood memories: one where you felt your happiest! (If you can’t remember a childhood one, then maybe a recent one.)
Reflect on what about this memory made you so happy. Did you feel peaceful? Were you laughing? Were you running around or playing on a playground? Were you being creative? Were you just enjoying being/watching the world around you?
Replicate the behaviour or the action!
As an example; one of my favourite memories when I was younger was when I played Netball. I loved it when I was running around, I felt like I knew how the play was going to go before it happened and I could read the caught. Some element of running made me feel in the zone; focused, yet calm and deeply happy. Another thing that I enjoyed was drawing and colouring, it gave me the same feeling of deep calm and happiness.
Now this doesn’t mean I have to go and play a Netball game or colour and draw, I could just try exploring running on its own to get the same effect. Or I might even go to Kmart, look in the kids' section and buy myself a slime kit to put together.
It’s all about the exploration of your own creativity which leads you to staying playful!
Good luck this week! Let me know in the comments if you find anything interesting about yourself or your more playful side this week.