Ready to play but not sure where to start?

You need a Playlist!!!

Athletes use playbooks to organize their favorite game winning plays. Musicians use playlists to help keep track of what they’re supposed to play next. ADDers can use the same techniques to relearn to play. You can create your own personalized playlist of activities to help you satisfy that urge to play. No more wondering how to get started or struggling to create new ideas. Just pull out your list and play away!

Here are a few simple ideas to get you started.

Book a Photo Shoot

Book a Photo Shoot

Book a photo shoot!  Whether it’s at the photo place at the mall, with a friend and their camera, or a local photographer, getting pictures taken can be a blast.  You might use the pictures for your social media profile, as a romantic gift, in your marketing, on a... read more
Leave a Ridiculously Funny Voice Message

Leave a Ridiculously Funny Voice Message

When you know your friend or family member are too busy to answer the phone, give them a call and leave a ridiculously funny voice message. Maybe you’ll sing them a silly song, or recite a hysterical poem that you make up on the fly. Whatever it may be, make sure it... read more
Finger Paint

Finger Paint

When we’re in creative mode, we can become hyper-focused. As a result, we can enter a state called flow. Dopamine is the brain chemical that allows us to achieve this state. So,take up a hobby or activity in which you actually create something tangible. Try something... read more
Streeeeeeetch

Streeeeeeetch

Stretch with attention to how it feels.  Whether it’s when you first wake up or during a brief break from working, taking a minute to intentionally stretch each part of your body while paying attention to how it feels can wake up your body and... read more
Local Paper

Local Paper

Look in your local paper to find upcoming concerts or events that interest you.  Buy the tickets on your break, put the event in your calendar and make sure to to invite someone to accompany you.  Entertainment, anticipation, communication, and fun all in one fell... read more
Yawn- Yep!

Yawn- Yep!

Yawning triggers Dopamine and actually improves focus, motivation and creativity.  It’s not for being tired anymore.  Of course, for a good laugh you can start yawning during a boring meeting and try to get everyone else to join in! Yawning is... read more
Take Pen to Paper

Take Pen to Paper

Draw someone’s face by putting your pen on the paper and- without looking- draw a continuous line.  When you’re done add some color, a title, or frame your work of art.  This is your creation! ask yourself, “Did I even get... read more
You’re Never Too Old For Dress Up

You’re Never Too Old For Dress Up

Maybe your calendar says it’s an ordinary day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress as if you are attending a special event.  Wear your favorite outfit (The one you “save” for special occasions), a fun hat, funky sox, sexy underwear, or a silly t-shirt.  Not only... read more
Appreciate the Silly Stuff That Surrounds You!

Appreciate the Silly Stuff That Surrounds You!

By just taking the time to pay attention to your surroundings you can find playful, fun and interesting things all around you.  From eavesdropping on a funny conversation, to admiring a gorgeous sunset to finding something out of place or... read more
Create a story!

Create a story!

Research has shown that using our resources- time, money and energy- to engage in activities that create a story or pleasant memory not only gives us a dopamine boost in the moment, but when we can later recall or tell the tale to others, we get a whole new flood of... read more
To-Do Lists are Fun!

To-Do Lists are Fun!

If you keep a to-do list, the act of checking items off when they are complete is like a moment of play.  It’s akin to leveling up in a video game.  Your brain gives you a little shot of dopamine when you simply acknowledge that you accomplished something.... read more
Just a Moment of Mindfulness

Just a Moment of Mindfulness

Meditation can be a highly effective form of dopamine increase if done properly, as it can weed out the mental influences which may be causing your chemistry to be less than desired. With the intent of reaching a state of self-fulfillment, meditation clears out the... read more
Meander

Meander

The direct route is over-rated! Rather than meeting in a room while sitting down, take a stroll around the building- or even better- outside.  Movement, fresh air, and nature all stimulate our brain, activate dopamine production and reduce stress.... read more
Create A Don’t Be Bored (Board)

Create A Don’t Be Bored (Board)

Use the pieces of an old game to make a new one. Make up totally new rules and objectives.  You might even combine parts from more than one into your new game.  Can you make a cooperative game?  Everyone wins when you can beat the game together.... read more
Spice things up!

Spice things up!

Get creative in the kitchen! Cook something with someone you love- but don’t use a recipe.  Make it up as you go along.  Negotiate, taste, mix, whisk, bake, fry…. Have fun!  Hope it tastes good when it’s done.  You might want to have a backup plan, just in... read more
Walk in Water

Walk in Water

After it rains, take off your shoes and stomp and splash in the puddles that the storm left behind. This, of course, works best during warm weather.  On colder days building a snowman- even a tiny one- can be a great way to play in the... read more
Party!

Party!

My favorite teacher, Sarah Kesty, suggests that when you turn any task into a party it means fun.  Hate to clean- cleaning party!  Dislike taxes?  Tax Party!  Just saying it sounds fun.... read more
Jam Out

Jam Out

Listening to music increases dopamine levels. In fact, scientists say that listening to music has the same effect as eating our favorite foods or watching our favorite T.V. show. So, when you’re needing to increase your energy and attention throw on some of your... read more
Go Streaking!

Go Streaking!

Not that kind of streaking!  Just like checklists, keeping a calendar and making note of the days in a row that you complete a new behavior – a streak of success – keeps the dopamine... read more
Come on Everybody do Some Exercise!

Come on Everybody do Some Exercise!

Not only does exercise help us relieve stress, achieve better physical health and make us more productive; it boosts our dopamine levels. More specifically, exercise increases multiple neurotransmitters – serotonin and endorphins, besides dopamine, receive a boost.... read more
Eat a Blueberry

Eat a Blueberry

This fruit not only helps your skin appear more youthful and radiant, but it also contains dopamine, which is a stimulatory neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure... read more
Play with the Dogs

Play with the Dogs

I love watching my two dogs play.  They are hilarious.  It still amazes me how they take turns being in charge.  When playing tug of war they give the object back to the other when their grip slips.  They do what it takes to continue the play without regard for... read more
Power Pose

Power Pose

Amy Cuddy  may be a familiar name. In a well remembered TED Talk she revealed research findings suggesting that “a person can, by assuming two simple one-minute poses, embody power and instantly become more powerful.” In other words, by standing like wonder woman or... read more
Is Play Procrastination?

Is Play Procrastination?

Sometimes play is not going to be on your itinerary, but yet it is exactly what is needed. You might be sitting at your desk with writer’s block—I’ve definitely been there—and no matter how long you sit and stare at the screen nothing comes to mind or you just can’t... read more
Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation involves first STANDING.  Just noticing all the parts of your body that go into standing still. Then WALKING at a normal, or slightly slower, more intentional pace.  There is so much to pay attention to in your own body when you are walking.  Each... read more
Procrastinate On Purpose

Procrastinate On Purpose

That’s right!  I’m saying it loud and proud…. “I procrastinate, and I do it on purpose!”   I get emails, calls and client questions all the time about how to “overcome procrastination.”  My question to them is “Why?”  Most people say it’s “bad.”  They wish they could... read more
Learn to Juggle!

Learn to Juggle!

Learning to juggle can be done in just 10 minutes a day! The participants at Joy of Play offer proof.

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Be A Part Of Something Big!

Be A Part Of Something Big!

Check your local newspaper for cheap thrills, like community concerts,films, and festivals.  Yesterday I learned that there is a 5k run starting a half mile from my house!  I was not ready to run, but my sons and I joined in to volunteer to turn runners into a rainbow... read more
Join An Organized Sport!

Join An Organized Sport!

Each season teams form for your favorite sports! Look in your community for opportunities to get together with other fun loving adults at a local park, beach or gym for some group... read more
Learn Something New Today!

Learn Something New Today!

Take a painting class, or take up drumming and dancing to beats of a different culture.  Wish you could hire someone to read a book and give you the bullet points?Blinkist lets you read the key lessons from 1000+ nonfiction books in 15min or less.  I just read The... read more

Be sure to check back often for new ideas!

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