Why I Play - On Integrating Play into All Aspects of Life

In today’s world of self-consciousness and over-think, play provides a hearty and instant way of coming back into the here and now. Play is not something we need to “know” how to do, it’s an instinct and a useful skill we can develop and use in all areas of our lives.

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The more I play, the more I feel the benefits; the transferable skill set engenders. Play is an attitude – it doesn’t only mean goofing around. When I have a dilemma, I play around with ideas to see which one feels right. When I’m stuck and don’t know what to do next in a situation I find challenging, play instinct kicks in – I appeal to my inner wisdom – the one who knows how to improvise and isn’t scared to get things wrong. That comes directly from play. 

Play helps me to let go of my idea of what “should” be and try out some things for size. Play helps me let go of my ego, to not mind seeming playful or silly – which is development of confidence, really.

Play knows no rules except those of common decency. Rules of actual games are guidelines which can be adhered to or adapted to suit the setting..you see where I’m going with this.. You can integrate play into your life in any way which suits you, and certainly carry the mindset into work.

My involvement in play spreads out across my working and inner world. I play music, play with children, play sports, play with ideas for my company and I learn and play real, actual games! It has become a practice, an attitude, a mindset which I apply to all aspects of my life.

It can be provocative, exposing, joyful, meaningful and wildly fun. For me Play is the road to inner (and therefore outer) freedom which is why I want to bring it to everyone, everywhere.

Jessica Shaw

Director PACT Creative training, PACT Creative Training

Jess is the founder of PACT Creative Training (Play, Act, Create, Transform). She has 20 years' experience facilitating workshops using fun and playfulness in order to boost wellbeing and lower stress. Jess runs creative team building events for companies, Staff INSET Training in Schools and wellbeing-through-play workshops for children & young people in schools.