Do you play enough?

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I had some happy times this weekend. One of them was jumping waves with a young child on the beach at Whitley Bay.  There was much screaming, freezing cold water, and a whole heap of laughter.  I can't think of a better (of wetter) way to get out of my thinking self and into my body.

And so I smiled last night when I read an article about a new fitness concept called Rabble.  Basically, adults get together and play games, just like we all did in the playground when we were young.  Sounds like a great way to have fun, and exercise at the same time.

The two things got me wondering.  Do I play enough?  Are there enough times in my week and month to just be spontaneous, and physically free, to stop thinking and simply notice what I sense in the moment, allowing myself to be?  It's a kind of meditation in a way, dropping off all the to do lists and responsibilities, and engaging fully with who I am with and what I am doing.

If you find yourself resonating with these questions, perhaps its time for you to play more too? I sense there is way too little play for most adults.  We don't all like the same things, Wave jumping and Rabble might sound hideous to you, and so the key is finding what does sound good, and making time to do it, regularly. 

How about some blank spaces in your diary where you don't know what you will fancy doing, but you'll do something that is physical rather than technological, relational rather than solitary, and feeling, rather than thinking?

As summer approaches, its the perfect time to flex your play muscles.  Your mental health will get a boost if you do.

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

I am here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to clients based in Durham. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists locally. I have worked in private practice, the NHS, and in charitable organisations, with a wide range of clients and conditions.

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