Fancy having some grown-up fun?
Why play is so important, regardless of age
Remember when you were a kid, and you’d be playing with your toys - and not have a care in the world? It was a simpler time, less stress, more happiness, and plenty of play time. So when did it all change?
With the emergence of adult colouring books in the past 12 months, trampoline warehouses, and an increasing appetite for novelty concepts, it’s almost as though adults are looking to revert back to childhood.
That’s exactly what’s happening at the Soul Art Centre in Downtown Dubai today, where there’s a workshop on unleashing your inner child - including music, arts, paints and dance.
It’s about covering yourself in paint, dancing and letting yourself go.
Organiser and moderator, Flordeliza Pesigan explains: “These activities that I facilitate allow adults to heal from different stuck emotions; especially the unexplored child within. Humans are designed to keep some childlike innocence, curiosity, carelessness, creativity and the freedom to have a joyful life - otherwise we lose access to the heart, we stay in the mind and we don't really live.
“As adults, many are carrying this suppressed child inside and need an unrestricted freedom of expression help to tackle it.”
The philosophy of adult-play is one of importance in mental health, and stress management.
Naser Al Riyami, psychologist at Changeworks Abu Dhabi, explains: “Play has been shown to be the main mechanism of learning, and stress relief for us as human beings. When you’re playing, you go into an internal imaginative world. It shifts your focus internally, and it allows you to exercise your creativity - and exercise your playfulness. It’s a form of stress reduction, and it boosts our immunity.”
Al Riyami explains how different forms of play yield different benefits: “Sport has the added benefit of physical activity. Then you have the boardgames, card games - social games you play with friends – they have the social aspect, and that helps build relationships.
“Then you have the pretend games, just playing pretend - like having high tea with your seven-year-old princess. That exercises imagination, creativity, and builds that relationship with your children… though it doesn’t need to be just for children.” Go play, however you see fit.
HANGING OUT: Unleash your spirit at the workshop today 4pm. See soulartcentre.com