Thought play dough was just for pre-schoolers? Think again.
Like just over one million Australians, Emma Clohesy suffers from anxiety. Needing a solution that was both effective and kid-friendly, the mother of three found the answer in her children’s play cupboard.
“I realised that when I am busy making or creating, I find my calm, and I can catch my breath. So play dough was an easy choice,” she says.
“It fulfilled my need to make and create with my hands and to ‘reset’ — that my kids could join in on — creating an awesome all-inclusive activity that we all benefited from,” she says.
Realising she’d stumbled on something genuinely helpful, Clohesy started up Happy Hands Happy Heart, selling all natural, Aussie-made playdough in calming colours and scents like vanilla, lavender and peppermint.
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“I find if I allocate even just 10 minutes (the longer the better, though) in my day, to sit and play, I am much less likely to get to the point of feeling overwhelmed,” she says.