Mind & Body

Lego is the new mindfulness hobby we didn’t know we needed

Yes Lego.

The little coloured bricks of your childhood are making a play for the mindfulness market, and why haven’t we thought of this before?

In our constant pursuit of being present in the moment, finding a new hobby to embrace some quiet me-time – all while trying to get our heads out of our screens – Lego has emerged as the mindfulness solution we didn’t know we needed.

Just last month the toy giant – the world’s largest and most profitable toymaker might we add – made a subtle move to capture a new market – stressed-out adults.

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The 87-year-old Danish company has launched a visually stunning new collection aimed specifically at adults wanting some time to wind-down and get creative.

And they’re so pretty you wouldn’t even know they were Lego.

The Botanical collection features two designs appealing to the plant lover in all of us – a 756-piece Flower Bouquet featuring a host of beautiful blooms, and an 878-piece Bonsai Tree allows users to focus on crafting green leaves or pink cherry blossoms.

The Lego Botanical collection is currently sold out via Lego but if you’re quick, you can get your hands on the Flower Bouquet here and the Bonsai Tree here.

Mindfulness expert Annie O’Reilly has been using Lego for years as the perfect way to unwind and help “pull me into my present moment”.

“It directs my focus to my fingertips, it offers a wholesome, creative goal that is relaxing and calm, it lights up my brain with thoughts about patterns and connection and my senses of touch, hearing and sight are excited by colour, sound and texture,” she told Body+Soul.

O’Reilly sees it as a tangible way to embrace a kind of meditation with a reward at the end.

“It’s joyful, bright and fun so I can build for myself but I can include the people I love when I’m building too. Also, there’s a crazy good sense of satisfaction when I finish a build.”

For those who haven’t wrapped their hands around a lego brick since they were in primary school building Barbie’s Lego dream house, O’Reilly suggests you start slowly, find a creation that you resonate with and set aside time just for you with little to no distractions.

“By giving yourself the breathing space (both figuratively and literally) you can enjoy every mindful moment of selecting shiny fresh LEGO pieces from your set, following each step gently, and enjoying the satisfaction of creating beautiful art in a mindful way,” she adds.

Yogi and nutritionist Lola Berry says mindfulness has become so important because we live in such a fast paced world we’re often stressed without even realising it.

“Mindfulness brings us back to the present moment,” she says. “I personally can get caught up in really small issues when all I really need to do is calm down, breath, take a moment and ground myself.”

“It’s really nice to have something mindful to practice that I know is helping me not only find ascene of calm but it’s also creative and fun and I think as adults sometimes we forget to play, so it brings the joy of playing too.”