Find a freedom zone
Whether it’s a mud run or a mud bath, Scandinavians are encouraged from an early age to get messy in the great outdoors in order to stimulate imagination and experimentation. In Denmark, there are even ‘junk playgrounds’ where children can forage for scraps to build recycled crafts.
In the countryside: next time it rains, don your wellies and head outside for a muddy walk, seeing where your feet take you, and what you nd along the way that you can use for creative projects.
In the city: even a 20-minute dip into ‘messy play’ has been shown to promote creative thinking and relaxation. Run your hands through some fragrant shrubs at the park, build a sandcastle, or re-pot a plant. The Creekside Education Trust (www.creeksidecentre.org.uk) organise regular low tide walks in the mud at Deptford Creek, or go native and join the Barefoot Walking Brigade (www.barefooters.org).