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A 'Play'ful approach to mood. Monday April 7, 2014

I've been using Moodscope for a couple of years, and one thing I have found very useful to keep scores high, and mood strong, is maintaining balance in my life. Just as the cards remind me each day to look at both positive and negative aspects of emotion in life, I aim to ensure I actively build things into my life that are positive and help me to increase my positive emotion scores.

One of the ways I do this is by building an 'Artist Date' into each week. This idea, from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way (which I highly recommend whether you consider yourself an 'Artist' or not), is about creating a space each week to 'fill the well' of creativity. This is done alone, and is a sort of 'play date with yourself'. The 'Date' can be anything – from colouring for an hour, to visiting a museum and creating a fantasy life for yourself. Or just listening to a loved album all the way through, doodling your thoughts as you do and letting the music fill your mind. For more ideas, see '99 ideas to bring play into your life':

Creating some alone time for myself, to do something that I wouldn't normally take the time to do, is part of showing myself I am worth nurturing, worth taking time to look after, just as I do with others. And it also creates lots of wonderful memories to sift through when I'm having a 'bad day', to remind me not all days will be like that – it helps me to find joy in the everyday. Plus, there are good scientific reasons which show that play is joyful and energizing – and involved with human development and intelligence.

Take a look at this talk:

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Lex McKee Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 7:27am

Thank you Uma. Even though I know it is good for us, I still relish permissions to be creative and play. Thank for you for the reminder and the 'permission'.

Anonymous Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 8:44am

Thanks and a good link to a really interesting talk by Stuart Brown. I missed out on a lot of play post child sexual abuse and know this has influenced my lack of ability to engage in adult 'play' by being 'silly' at social gatherings, making me shy and avoid some social situations. I did not realise that it may also have been a cause of my fragile mental health. I was very interested in the 99 ways to play but could not get the link to work. Has anyone else had a problem and can help me to access this link?

Anonymous Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 9:20am

great article but couldn't get the '99 ways to play' link to work either

Caroline Ashcroft Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 9:33am

Hi there, sorry you couldn't get the link to work, try this one:

Julia Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 9:36am

This sounds a wonderful idea Uma. (what a lovely name you have!)

Julia Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 9:38am

You always come across as very creative and playful Lex but perhaps that is for our benefit.It certainly helps us alot.

Anonymous Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 10:11am

(I couldn't use the link, but googled it and it was the top response I think.)

This looks fantastic. I've learned from my scores that often, even though I'm not feeling particularly "bad", I don't have much positivity either -leaving me feeling quite flat. I'm going to print out the list of ideas so it is easily accessible and I might actually do something about it!!

Mary Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 11:46am

Thank you for this Uma. A friend recommended the Artist's Way to me (and even lent it to me (is that the right spelling in this context?)) so I really must make time to read it. I find it difficult to justify time spent just being creative; just playing. You have made me realise that it is more important than I realised. A very useful post.

heather Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 11:52am

I seem to be "playing" a lot lately (as my partner pointed out) - but out and about with others - great fun, but I am finding it quite tiring. I really love this idea of quiet play, giving time to investigate deeper thoughts and emotions which are all my own.
Thank you Uma. Love to all Bloggers from Heather x

DawnCRitchie Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 12:06pm

He is just the same in real life Julia, an encouraging ball of fun :D x

Julia Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 2:58pm

Good to know that Dawn! Why doesn't he rule the world?

Silvia A Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 5:13pm


I would like to follow past blogs in case someone add a new comment. Does Moodscope have a rss? Also, I looked for someone in the search box but got no results. Also using my own name. I think the search could include the comments, too.
Thank you,
Silvia A

Julia Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 5:38pm

Silvia A. Your English is so good. It's nice to have you posting so often. It can't be easy sometimes with English your second language.

Silvia A Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 10:06pm

Thank you, Julia!

Anonymous Mon, Apr 7th 2014 @ 11:21pm

Fortunately, a date with myself is the only kind of date I know of! :oD And whenever I schedule in that weekly date with myself, I'm always the better for it. Julia Cameron's book is awesome. She now teaches at the Open Centre in NY. I hope I get to sit in on one of her lessons/lectures sometime.
Thank you Uma. We need these reminders. I also am coveting your name!

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 8th 2014 @ 7:52am

Thank you Juliadawn... I guess I must play with or without permission! Encourage one another daily... now there's a great plan... and just what you both did. xx

Lex McKee Tue, Apr 8th 2014 @ 7:57am

Hi Silvia, I expect you have the "Notify me" tick box at the bottom right of this part, under [Sign out]. If you tick that, it will send a note to your registered email address everytime someone adds something to that blog post (just that one you've chosen). Hope that works for you.

Ellen Uma Thu, Apr 10th 2014 @ 3:23pm

Thanks all, my blog is in good company, and it's great to have a warm reception for me and it after I've 'lurked' in the moodscope community having recorded my score 658 times! I'm happy to contribute.
I loved The Artist's Way when I completed it last year, it really helped shift and clarify some things for me, I definitely recommend it (and am jealous of the commenter above who might see Julia Cameron lecture!). The Artist's Date is a very nurturing thing to do for yourself, and can really help with mood.
(Thanks also for comments re the name, I like it too!)

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