In one sentence: Bring more play into your life.
Benefits: Become more creative not only about how you live your life but how you imagine living your life.
Alongside my other roles in life, I am an play researcher focusing specifically on the role of play in coaching and in adulthood more broadly. It has always fascinated me how for many adults the voice of play gets pushed further away and relegated to smaller and smaller parts of life. And yet studies on adult play have consistency shown the incredible benefits of nourishing play in adulthood. At its most basic, playfulness creates a virtuous loop of positive emotions (joy) creating an urge to play, push the boundaries and be creative (Fredrickson, 2004). This has massive benefits in the work sphere where an ability to be creative and innovative in a world full of ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty is a major benefit. Play has even been found to help with stress-reduction and coping strategies with playful people more likely to have better coping strategies.
So, how loud in the voice of play across your life?
If you would like to make it louder just arrange a playbreak and we can chat more.
Fredrickson, B. (2004). The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 359(1449), 1367–1377. doi:10.1098/rstb.2004.1512
This programme starts with a structured play history where we explore your own relationship with play over your life and what play means to you now. It is important to bring to life any stories that may be holding you back before we play together to imagine what play might look like.