Have you seen the Colouring Books that are supposedly the ‘latest thing’ in relieving stress? I used to adore colouring-in as a child and was so pleased when my ‘Secret Santa’ gave me a Colouring Book and pencils for Christmas. I love sitting down with my grandchildren, colouring in, keeping within the lines and for a short time we are in a different world.
If you love colouring then check out The Art Remedy for colouring in sheets you can download.
This week, one of our #FridayReflections prompts was asking the question: ‘Why is it important to embrace your inner child?’ Put simply, we should never forget to have FUN no matter what age we are.
I used to love our backyard swings. I would sit on my swing for hours and sing at the top of my voice – poor neighbours – but I was carefree and happy. Each time I see a swing today, it warms my heart.
Spending time with children is a great way to bring out your inner child.Click To Tweet
I’ve had the wonderful experience over the last two years of spending one day each week with my darling grandson. I have watched him develop and at each stage it has made me realise how wonderful and simple childhood can be. I have come to appreciate sitting and watching lizards or ants or looking up at the sky to see what shapes the clouds are. I love singing with him and the best thing about grandchildren is that you can give them your time. I saw the joy in his eyes the first time he saw bubbles floating in the air – it is a memory I will treasure.
It has taken these experiences to reinforce in my mind how grateful I am for life but also how sometimes we can all get caught up on the ‘treadmill of life’ and forget how to have FUN and find enjoyment in the simple things life has to offer.
We have become so programmed to be BUSY with day-to-day life that we are coming to a point where there is NO MORE FUN or ENJOYMENT. We only have ourselves to blame as we strive for the more materialistic side of life rather than taking time to ‘just be’ and enjoy.
Children can teach us so much:
- They are fearless
- They are inquisitive
- They want to learn
- They have imagination
- They find joy in the simplest of things
- They are carefree
- They are honest with their feelings
- They have big dreams
We still have that inner child within us all, however as we get older sometimes unfortunately, the child is pushed further inside because of responsibilities or issues we may have carried from childhood. We don’t like change, we let the worries of our world weight us down.
We become disillusioned and our life becomes drab, dull and routine. Sometimes, we feel that to bring out our inner child would not be considered ‘appropriate’. We are fearful of what others might think or say.
Some of us become ‘grumpy old women and men’. Do you want to be like that? I certainly don’t!
When was the last time you had a good belly laugh?
Laughter is so good for us. It helps to relieve stress and makes us feel good! Do you know they even have ‘laughter groups’ now because of the benefits laughter brings to our mental health.
The Inner Child will help your Mental Health
We all hear about the increase of poor mental health in society because of the pace of life and expectations placed upon us. It can be overwhelming. Finding your Inner Child and doing fun, positive activities will help you mentally as well as physically.
My Inner Child keeps my attitude young, energetic and vital!
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What is something you loved doing as a child? Don’t be afraid! Re-visit that time and do it again. So what if you feel silly – it is all about having FUN!
We all have an inner child – time to let them come out and play!