The Latest in Adult Relaxation: Lego Forma (Yes, Legos)

Lego Forma
Print icon

Coloring books to help adults destress are so 2018. Lego wants to replace your crayons, colored pencils and adult coloring books as a means of relaxation.

Meet Lego Forma, a set of the plastic bricks aimed at an adult market. Sounds great, right? But it has people asking if this is really good for one’s mental health, or just another clever marketing ploy.

In a September press release from the Danish company with U.S. headquarters in Enfield, Kari Vinther, Senior Marketing Manager and Head of Lego Creative Play Lab Pilots says: “Lego Forma is more of a creative project than a toy, and more about display than play. The young adults we speak to tell us they still feel the urge to be creative and enjoy the physical experience of making stuff – but life seems to get in the way. We want to help them rediscover the joy of building that children possess and unleash their imaginations for a couple of hours. We can’t wait to hear what people think and look forward to sharing some of the decisions that will be made along the journey based on consumer input.”

Although the nature-themed Lego Forma sets may inspire creativity and create childhood nostalgia, do they really provide some needed downtime for adults in this technologically busy world?

Patricia Rehmer of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network says having a creative outlet is always a plus, and that the act of play is greatly underestimated.

“What a great way to just detach for a little while,” Rehmer said. “You’re not going to be on your computer. You’re not going to be on your iPad. You’re not watching TV.”

A study commissioned by Lego surveyed nearly 13,000 people to understand the relationship between well-being and play. The report showed 91 percent of adults say play is good for their own well-being. Eight-six percent say play helps them feel more relaxed. And 87 percent say construction toys such as the Lego bricks help them be creative.

“I think we are just seeing now that some of the activities that we did as children were very effective in helping us feel better,” said Rehmer. “We rode bikes, we colored, we played outside. We’ve all kind of moved away from doing that quite a bit.”

Although the jury is out as to whether Legos —  and specifically Lego Forma — improve your mental well-being and work to take away stress, play in general can help, whether it’s in the form of sports, board games or even LEGOS.

If your anxiety is out of control, the Hartford Hospital Institute of Living Anxiety Disorders Center can help. Learn more here

What's New

The Difference Between Physical and Mental Illness? Discrimination.

Patricia A. Rehmer President, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network When someone is hospitalized with a physical illness like cancer or heart disease, it’s common for friends and neighbors to bring food to that family: casseroles, breads, cookies and more. On the other hand, when an individual is diagnosed with a...

Program Offers H.O.P.E to Drug Offenders in Southington

Michael Gagnon was a typical teenager at Southington High School. Passionate about football, he had a bright future as a nose guard with the Blue Knights varsity team. After being caught with a small amount of marijuana at school, Michael was expelled before he had a chance to play on...

Teens, Makeup and Self-Esteem

How Parents Can Help Teens Build Self-Esteem

Related: Kids, Social Media and Body Image How Anyone Can Build Self-Esteem Healthwise contributed to this report.  Dr. Laura Saunders is a child and adolescent psychologist at Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.

Suicide Prevention

IOL Study, Funded by $1 Million Grant, Focuses on Repeat Suicide Attempts

Time is precious when someone is admitted to the Institute of Living after attempting suicide, making tailored, effective intervention key to warding off future attempts. That’s the impetus behind a three-year study launching under the direction of Dr. David Tolin, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive...


5 Things Your Athletic Child Can Learn from Netflix’s ‘Losers’

By Dr. Peter Lucchio Clinical Psychologist Calling someone a loser is the worst kind of condemnation in our current polarized culture. But “Losers,” a Netflix documentary series, shows another side of losing: athletes who have overcome highly public defeats in ways that can inspire all athletes to be more resilient when...

Telehealth and Sobriety

How MATCH’s Telehealth Video Conferencing Can Aid Sobriety

The Rushford clinical team offering supervised, medication-supported help for opioid addiction makes getting sober even easier by introducing video conferencing so patients don’t have to travel far to check in with an addictions doctor. Called telehealth, the initiative is an extension of Rushford’s Medication Assisted Treatment Close to Home (MATCH)...