Cast your mind back to a time when you had no responsibilities – for some of us that feels like a lifetime ago! Daily demands and the pressures of life can take a toll on our inner and outer selves. Connecting back in with our sense of fun and play can bring lightness and simple joy to each day. And who doesn’t need a bit of that?!
Here are some simple ideas to connect back in with your playful side.
Remember the thrill of collecting as a child? Whatever your treasure of choice, (stickers, shells, and crystals in my case!) – the joy of a scavenger hunt is ageless and restorative. Could your adult version be collecting daily photos from your neighbourhood walk, compiling your favourite quotes and poems, or starting a mini herb garden on your kitchen bench?
As author Keri Smith says, ‘at any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting’. Kerri’s marvellous book “How to be an explorer of the world” has some fantastic ideas for creating your own ‘portable life museum’ and could be the perfect way to find your own inspiration.
Thinking back on times in our lives that felt alight with promise and optimism can be a delightfully nostalgic exercise – idle daydreaming is a pleasure we often deny ourselves. The mental to-do list always demands our attention and seems to occupy most of the thousands of thoughts that come and go in any given day.
Challenge yourself to gently explore your internal world and let your thoughts fly wherever they might. You might be surprised at what ideas come to light.
Try something new
When was the last time you tried something for the first time? As adults we are so hard on ourselves, and the pressure to succeed sometimes curbs our creative instincts; turning otherwise joyful pastimes into job-like tasks.
Is there something new you’ve been wanting to try but it all feels a bit hard? Perhaps we can take inspiration from our brave child selves and start small – everything feels hard to start with. Applying yourself enthusiastically to a new activity expands the comfort zone and emboldens us to see possibilities. A new perspective and inspiration await.
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