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I have some great news! You actually don’t ever have to stop playing!


The act of play in adults has been shown to release endorphins, stimulate creativity and improve brain functionality. So why would we want to stop?


When you think of play, what comes to mind? Are you taken back to playing barbies with your sister? Or jumping on the trampoline (or is that just me? Lol).


Don’t get caught up in what you think play is. Play as an adult looks different for everyone. We all find joy in different tasks. Being Magazine in Issue Seven states that play as a concept is like meditation. It is a state of openness, connectedness and complete presence in the moment. It is something we do for the experience and not the outcome.


In a world where we are constantly caught up in an end product, how liberating is it to hear that this is something we do, purely because it brings us joy (and is therefore good for our wellness); not to be able to hand someone something and say ‘This is done’. Play is for us, not for external validation.


In the following slides I have provided information, inspired by the article by Being, which builds on their nuggets of wisdom by including ideas on how you can bring your play archetype into your working life as well as adapt to lockdown restrictions (should this apply to you).


What play archetype are you? What other ideas would you add?


#Wellness #ThrivingLife #Joy #StressManagement #BeingYou #CelebrateYou

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‘Play is not just for children. We all benefit from play.’



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‘The Joker

The 'class clown', enjoys nonsensical play

Childhood Games

Goofy talk and behaviour, silly faces, jokes and practical jokes

Adult Possibilities

Try stand-up comedy or improv classes, spend time with your friends in social interactions where you can feel safe to be silly and free

Work Incorporation

Send a daily joke email to colleagues. Collate information on local comedy clubs and be the organiser of team outings. Be the go to for epic meeting ice-breakers

Lockdown Options

Select a Stand-Up comedy episode on Netflix and organise a viewing party with friends. Sign up for a 'How to Write Comedy' Short Course with friends and commit to putting on a show when completed’



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‘The Kinesthete

Physically active. Needs to move their bodies constantly

Childhood Games

Games that involve running, jumping, skipping, dance, climbing - anything that requires physical activity

Adult Possibilities

Join a run club, sign up for dance classes or yoga, go rock climbing or climb trees

Work Incorporation

Organise lunch movement sessions. Become a movement champion and encourage others to stand up and move their body regularly throughout the day

Lockdown Options

Start or join a virtual walking group or gym session. Sign up to an online gym. Set yourself up with a home gym or make sure you have investigated where local outdoor gym equipment is available. Jump online and look for local nature walks’



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‘The Explorer

Adores new experiences (Physical, relational, emotional or mental)

Childhood Games

Class excursions to new places, tasting different foods, listening to music and seeing art. Fascinated with anything out of the normal experience

Adult Possibilities

See galleries in your area, travel, listen to new music, read books, go on spontaneous adventures

Work Incorporation

Start an art appreciation group and organise trips to different galleries or museums. Organise Takeaway Tuesdays where a different cuisine is tried each time. Share a song of the week to inspire and uplift colleagues

Lockdown Options

Organise with friends to do virtual gallery tours together. Start or join a book club. Pick a new walking destination each week and share with friends and family’



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‘The Competitor

Flourishes with competition and striving to win

Childhood Games

Sports, board games and/or creating things for a prize

Adult Possibilities

Join your local football or volleyball club, get the old Monopoly board out or see what competitions are available in your local area, e.g. film festivals, baking competitions

Work Incorporation

Organise baking Mondays where colleagues share what they cooked on the weekend for tasting. Pick a favourite. Start a lunch time board games group

Lockdown Options

Enter writing or poetry competitions. Join fitness challenges such as walking, rowing or burpees for various causes’



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‘The Director

Organising, leading and running the show

Childhood Games

Playing 'school' and always being the teacher, making up and directing dance shows, planning sports events or just the social outings with your little buddies

Adult Possibilities

Sign up to coaching sporting games, plan events for your friends and family, create and plan meet-ups for people with similar interests as you

Work Incorporation

Ask colleagues what they would like to do outside of work and organise outings. Share interesting information you have found on Feel Good Friday to inspire others to grow and learn

Lockdown Options

Organise virtual catch ups and coffee dates. Get your friends online together for virtual movie viewings; Even organise celebration packs to be delivered a head of time (dips, biscuits, cheese and wine)’



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‘The Collector

Experiences or material possessions, they love to manage and design their collections

Childhood Games

Be it coin or stamp collections, Beanie Kid collections or football cards, collecting, organising and surrounding yourself with your special pieces was bliss as a child

Adult Possibilities

Collect gadgets you find interesting, records or instruments, or 'experiences' that bring you joy

Work Incorporation

Share your interests with colleagues and get together with people who have similar interests. Share stories, show items or photos in lunch breaks or at outside of work meet-ups

Lockdown Options

Join virtual groups that interest you. Take photos on walks of things that intrigue or inspire you - share them with friends and family. Even create a monthly collection of ideas (e.g. use Canva) to share your thoughts and adventures’



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‘The Artist/Creator

The maker of things and/or the teller of stories; always led by imagination

Childhood Games

Loved art class, cooking with parents, performing on stage, reading and writing stories. Anything that used your imagination and hands to create something special

Adult Possibilities

Bake all the recipes in your favourite cookbook or make your own! Take up pottery or art classes, join an amateur theatre group, write the novel brewing in your hearts

Work Incorporation

Start a writing group and share what you are working on. Share recipes with colleagues and talk about cook books or cooking shows you like

Lockdown Options

Complete a writing or photography short course with friends. Share your writing and images with each other. Take a virtual art class with friends. Invest in cook books or art supplies and let your intuition guide you’