In the middle of a mental health crisis, finding joy is more important than ever. So why is it so hard to let ourselves embrace it? Is the epidemic of anxiety and depression the new normal?
Join me for an exploration of the metalude, our mental gateway to play, and the pursuit of joy.
A Prescription for Play
A lot of self-help posts make it seem so easy – 5 quick tips to happy
or 7 steps to healthy. But if you’re struggling with anxiety,
depression or any number of other mental health issues, these types of
articles feel almost like they’re mocking us.
I decided that if PlayGrounding is going to continue, it should offer
more practical suggestions to help us find our way back to play, joy
So after some soul searching and mental health work of my own, I’m back with a whole new purpose.
Welcome to the new PlayGrounding, where we’ll learn to love ourselves, own our thoughts and have some fun – lots of it!
The Links I Promised You:
The Play Cycle,
a paper hosted on the Oxfordshire City Council’s website that describes
the Metalude. It’s the top result in Google for the word among many
articles and papers on ludics and playwork for children.
The Young and Uncared For, The Dark Truths Behind Our Obsession with Self-Care, by Shayla Love on Vice.com from their Burnout and Escapism Issue.
We Can’t Force Play by Mathias Poulsen, Co-Founder of CounterPlay in Denmark.
Surprised By Joy, The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis. Not your typical autobiography. It’s about his discovery of joy and how it shaped his life.
From The Real Right Now:
Download the Meditation With RAIN printable! (It has animals.)
Learn more about the concepts behind Meditation with Rain from Tara Brach.