When was the last time you really had FUN? Fun like you had when you were a child. That innocent, simple enjoyment we experienced as children when using our imagination took us to new worlds.
What about the simple joy of watching a sunset or stopping to appreciate a rainbow?
Alas, we grow up and life takes over – responsibility replaces daydreams and we find that we are growing older but not enjoying our life.
Why does it have to be this way?
Do you know that releasing our inner child and bringing simple joys back into our lives helps us to be healthier?
Each week I am reminded of my childhood when I spend time with my darling two year old grandson, Ethan. He is the light of my life and I look forward to Wednesdays and our special time together.
I can remember when he was about 10 months old and I was holding him on the back deck. There was a gentle breeze and I recall the look of wonder in his eyes – he felt the breeze but couldn’t see it.
Then there was last Christmas when I gave the grandchildren simple bubble blowers. Ethan’s face lit up again in wonder as he tried to catch the bubbles which floated away or popped when he touched them. It was priceless and I could feel his joy.
Such simple things that create beautiful memories.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could let our ‘inner child’ free occasionally and just enjoy having FUN?
What are the Health Benefits of Releasing your ‘inner child’?
- You step off the treadmill of life for a while and forget your problems.
- You actually have fun which helps lift your mood.
- Laughter and playing are good for the soul and your mental health. Don’t you feel good after a good old fashioned belly laugh?
- Stress and anxiety are reduced
- Imagination makes you think.
So back to you!
Life has taken over and you think you have lost your inner child – but you haven’t! Sure your inner child might be buried under the burden of reality as an adult but it is still there. You just need to learn how to release your inner child again.
How to find your inner child again
- Make a list of things you did as a child which brought you joy and happiness. One of my favourite memories and pastimes when I was young was our swing set in the back yard. I would swing for hours singing at the top of my voice. I felt I was flying. When I see swings now, it brings these memories flooding back and I am filled with warmth and love.
- Set aside some time each week to do something for your inner child – play, colour-in, sing, dance, kick a ball or watch your favourite movie.
- Make time to daydream. We all have dreams so why not make time to just think about them and actually see them as a possibility.
- Go outside & appreciate nature – take a walk and appreciate your surroundings, garden, lay on your back and watch the clouds. I know that sounds silly but it will make you feel good.
Join me tomorrow for ‘J’ is for Jumping Jacks and all things Cardio
Let’s Keep Sizzling!