Try New Things

As adults, we become so busy with our daily lives, work, life commitments etc we often neglect our own relaxation, wellbeing, and friendships, because we simply run out of time.

For those of us who have had strokes, we suddenly have lots of time on our hands, time to reflect, re-evaluate things yet we have the limitations it has forced upon us, doubly cruel you may say. Show us with one hand yet take away with the other.

Although it may sound scary, and believe me I understand more than most, is the perfect time to try new things. By trying something new, we have the opportunity to meet new people, have fun, learn something whilst possibly even benefit cognitively too.

You are probably thinking what am I getting at? Well, I believe it can only be beneficial to remain open to new suggestions if once tried it isn’t for us, we can simply keep exploring others but haven’t really lost anything and may still have met new people we remain in contact with or have enjoyed meeting.

If nothing comes to mind I have a suggestion, have you heard of Playful Being, Theatre Skills for living life?  A lovely friend, Rob sent me the website link – and as you may guess I was curious, I wondered if it had the potential to help with stroke recovery in any way, so went along to investigate.

Such sessions include breathing, relaxation and fun with words, which to some may sound frightening. But far from it. It is fun and can be in the form of singing, body language, the power of the mind, rapport being in a group and getting your own way – I can’t tell you anything about that one yet!

The idea behind such sessions is that small groups of people meet to ‘play’, everyone is valued, no one put on the spot. The workshops offer shared experience and exploration in a safe environment.  Depending on your capabilities you will play games with words, movement, your brains and each other.

If there is one close to you, I ask you to go along and give it a try as I did and I tried word games, ones I believed, due to stroke I wouldn’t manage and it felt amasing that I was able to join in. Not only that but I thoroughly enjoyed them.  This in itself is valuable for us as stroke survivors I feel. Whilst playing I admit, I could feel my brain physically aching but it also felt stretched and cognitively amasing. Plus we all laughed so much, whilst playing, this was with people an hour earlier I had not met before. I’ve touched on the benefits of laughter in a previous blog. They did not mind that we could not do the planned movement exercises on my request, plus to my amassment, it turned out two other people out of the five didn’t wish to either.

I have since tried the word games at home with Nick and Henry and they did tease me in a fun way and once again laughter was shared. Priceless moments, I’m sure you agree.

I hope I have given you sufficient confidence and encouragement in looking for a group close to you and venturing out to play.

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