You are never too old to have fun in life.
As adults, we tend to conceal or suppress the childlike aspects of our personality, stifling an essential aspect of our true self: the ever playful, vibrant, creative, energetic and spontaneous Inner Child.
Our Inner Child is carefree, joyous, innocent and loving, and longs for our attention, care, protection and love.
Connecting with the child within us will enable us to stop many negative patterns we’ve developed over time like self-rejection or self-criticism and overthinking.
Here are a few simple tips to help you connect with your Inner Child starting today:
1. Play Like A Child.
Remember all the fun stuff you absolutely loved doing as a child?
It may have been climbing and swinging off trees like a monkey, drawing hearts and flowers on the concrete pavement with bright coloured chalk, lying on the grass while looking up at the sky and spotting funny shapes in the clouds, or watching cartoons like ‘Arthur’ or ‘Babar’ or ‘The Smurfs’ on the ABC.
Whatever activities brought you endless hours of free entertainment and joy as a child, grant your adult-self the permission to start experiencing those activities once again.
2. Think Like A Child.
When you were a child you were in your own little world, your own little bubble, living an existence free from stress and worry. Trade your grown-up anxieties in for childish fun and games and notice the difference.
Children possess incredible wisdom and insight beyond their years, as their minds are clear and freed up to perceive life with a profound sense of clarity.
Lose your adult mind and reclaim your Inner Child mentality by emptying your mind of thoughts, refusing to entertain negative thoughts when they arise, and making a commitmentto being carefree and in the moment.
3. Feel Like A Child.
Children are amazingly resilient, with a unique aptitude for experiencing intense emotions or significant events and then moving forward the next moment, as though nothing happened. Try this for yourself. Experience emotions and situations without making any judgements about what you are feeling.
Don’t assess the way you feel about things, don’t judge yourself for the emotions that you are experiencing. That way you’ll be able to quickly move on from what you are feeling without being stuck in a negative emotional state.
4. See Like A Child.
Seeing the world through the eyes of your Inner Child means viewing everything that occurs innocently from a place of humility and acceptance, without judgment, criticism or disdain.
Experiencing life through the lens of your Inner Child will enable you to purify your mind and soul, and allow you to gain surprising insight and wisdom by observing life without attaching significant meaning to the things that arise.
5. Work Like A Child.
Remember Pippy Long Stocking? ….She made washing the floor exciting, turning a mundane domestic chore into a fun game by attaching scrubbing brushes to her feet and skating around the house til everything was perfectly sparking clean.
Use your imagination and do the same. Make a game out of every household duty you have to do, and let your Inner Child come out to play. If you’re dusting or vacuuming, turn your favourite music up and dance around in your birthday suit while you clean. Hand-washing in the big plastic tub?
Once the washing’s done, jump in the bucket and splash around a little. Nobody’s watching…..And even if they were, who really cares? The child in you doesn’t. -That’s the beautyabout accessing your Inner Child: she’s carefree, self-accepting, and completely in the now, remember!
6. Parent Like a Child.
If you have children yourself, partake in their activities wholeheartedly from a place of innocence! Enjoy joining them in their games or playing or activities by fully letting go and being in the moment.
Colour in together, play Barbies together, make sandcastles together, play dress ups togethe and blow bubbles together! …..Remember hopskotch, skipping and What’s The Time Mister Wolf? -Revisit those games with your children and reap the pure bliss both you and your kids will feel.