Unleash Your Inner Child and Learn Through Play

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Why Play Matters for Adults on International Day of Play (and Every Day).

Today, Tuesday 11th June 2024, marks the first-ever International Day of Play, a celebration championed by the United Nations to recognise the fundamental right – and importance – of play in a child's life. But what about adults? Should we leave building blocks and creativity behind? Absolutely not!

Play isn't just for kids. In fact, incorporating playful elements into coaching, mindfulness practices and techniques like LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® can unlock a treasure trove of benefits for adults as well. Here's why:

The Power of Play in Coaching

Think coaching is all about serious chats and structured exercises? Think again! Playful activities can create a safe space for exploration, fostering trust and open communication between coach and client. Imagine using role-playing games to practice difficult conversations or building metaphors with bricks to visualize goals. These playful approaches can spark creativity, break down inhibitions, and lead to deeper self-discovery.

Mindful Play: Unwinding and Reconnecting

Play can also be a powerful tool for mindfulness. Engaging in activities that bring you joy, and a sense of curiosity allows you to be fully present in the moment, free from judgement. This can be anything from colouring intricate mandalas to building a sandcastle on the beach. By focusing on the sensations and experiences of play, you can cultivate a sense of calm and inner peace.

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®: Building Solutions Brick by Brick

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® takes playful exploration to a whole new level. This innovative technique uses LEGO bricks as a tool for problem-solving, communication, and innovation. By building models that represent challenges or desired outcomes, participants tap into their right brain's creative power. The process is collaborative and engaging, fostering teamwork and leading to fresh perspectives and solutions. It's a powerful reminder that sometimes, the most serious breakthroughs come from a playful approach.

Shamanism and Play: Reconnecting with the Inner Child

Shamans have long used playful techniques like drumming and storytelling to access altered states of consciousness and connect with the spiritual world. These playful practices can also be used by adults seeking to reconnect with their inner child and explore their intuition. By embracing the playful spirit, we can tap into a wellspring of creativity and self-discovery.

Beyond the Benefits: The Joy of Play

Let's not forget the sheer joy of play. In our work-dominated world, adults often neglect this essential ingredient for well-being. Play allows us to de-stress, recharge our batteries, and reconnect with our inner child. It fosters a sense of wonder and possibility, keeping us curious and adaptable. So, on International Day of Play, and every day, make time for some playful pursuits. Dust off that board game, build a fort out of blankets, or simply engage in some silly improvisation. You might be surprised at what you learn and rediscover about yourself.

Remember, play is a powerful tool for learning, growth, and connection, no matter your age. So, go forth, embrace your playful side, consider play in your work and let the learning begin!

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