Sometimes you’re lucky enough to not have to deal with any deep seeded tragedies or mental health issues but still life isn’t wholly fulfilling. Sometimes we’ve taken it far too seriously and we need to learn to let go and just have a darn good time. If you find yourself standing in the corner while everyone else is on the dance floor, refusing to participate in any sort of game ever, or never taking a vacation, this is where fun coaching can come into play (Literally!).
Oh I get why it’s hard to let go and have a blast. We’re constantly bombarded with messages that life is at best, serious hard work and at worst, something to bear until we move on from this world. Lies! All of it. But I refuse to buy into it and you should too. There’s so much beauty to explore in this world and play is the best way to do that and give reverence to this life.
The benefits of play are well documented: decreased stress along with increased physical development and health, mental wellbeing, brain development, social connection, confidence, creativity, and development of life skills. We learn and grow best through play. Even as adults.
How do I know this?
In addition to being an LCSW I've also been dubbed the “Master of Fun.” Aside from just knowing how to have a good time I quite literally earned an M.S. degree in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, aka how to use play to promote overall health and wellbeing.
How It Works:
Session One: Completion of a leisure assessment to determine where you’re at currently and explore what having more fun in your life would look like to you.
Session Two: Identification of what’s getting in the way of your fun and what might help in moving forward.
Session Three: Development of a plan of action to get from where you are currently to your ideal level of a good time.
Session 4+: Execution of plan with desired amount of support.
Examples of Coaching Tools and Support:
- Weekly check-ins and/or sessions
- Examination of mental blocks and challenging them in order to create believable affirmations
- Creation and dismantilization of fear hierarchies
- Fun "homework"
- Adventures with coach (e.g., playing games, creating art, going to a park or museum)