I am a great believer in play dough, and not just for the young.
Play dough is often thought of as thing to make for pre-school. I love using it in that environment as I find it is great to calm children down and also helpful if you have an aggressive child. What is also obvious at Pre-school sessions is that adults also love to use it. Countless times I have watched workers walk around with a bit of the morning’s dough in their hands. It works when it is made right and becomes great comfort for the adult!
Recipes for play-dough abound on the Internet so I am not going to give any here. Just make sure you have some around when you are feeling stressed and do not think of it as a children’s thing.
I have been known to give a room of adults who were anxious before a lecture some play dough – just a little ball of it each, to relieve stress. I have also introduced it as a stress reliever in mental health settings.
The action of rolling the dough around in your hands seems to have a very calming and therapeutic quality. I don’t know why it is not used in hospitals more for that reason. I believe Occupational Therapists do use it, but to help improve hand and muscle co-ordination.
It is time to stop thinking of play-dough as a children’s thing. Play-dough is for adults too.
After all, you can pay good money for an executive stress reliever.’ What exactly do you think that stress reliever is? It is a squashy ball of some dough like kind of substance. Just the children’s version dressed up.
If you really don’t like dough. Let me tell you that I also once bought a stress reliever that broke. It turned out to be a covered balloon full of sand.
Time to forget the only for kids image and also, maybe as well as relieving stress, have some fun.