A to Z Challenge 2016

‘I’ is for Inner Child – The health benefits of releasing your inner child

April 11, 2016
inner child

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?

Don't stop playing

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.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Deepti Agrawal April 11, 2016 at 15:25

    How true.. we stop actually living and then complains that we are not happy. If only if we let the child alive in us and live live with child like passion ..it will be much easier and happy.

    http://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.in/2016/04/into-woods.html

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2016 at 17:51

      Yes Deepti I so enjoy letting my inner child come out when I am minding my grandson – we have such fun!

  • Reply DeeDee April 11, 2016 at 17:08

    I love this post & I completely agree, never beat the inner child in you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2016 at 17:53

      So true Dee Dee! I let my inner child shine through when playing with my grandson 🙂

  • Reply Natalia April 11, 2016 at 19:57

    Yes! This is very important! Great post!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:18

      Thanks Natalia I’m pleased you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill April 11, 2016 at 20:01

    I think getting outside and in the sunshine (or rain) and breeze automatically activates that child within us – I can almost feel my shell drop away for a while and I love that feeling of freedom and peace – lovely post Sue.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:18

      Yes I love playing in the garden with Ethan and looking at clouds and the shapes they make. You have that to look forward to!

  • Reply Jeffrey Scott April 11, 2016 at 20:53

    Lot’s of great suggestions. I do a lot of day-dreaming but not a lot of playing outside. Did you ever see that Twilight Zone episode where the old people decide they want to be kids again so they go outside and play kick the can? The more they played, the more energetic and younger they felt. It was one of my favourite episodes.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:19

      Daydreaming is good for the soul Jeffrey! I haven’t seen the Twilight Zone episode but wouldn’t it be great if it happened in real life!

  • Reply Kala Ravi April 11, 2016 at 21:58

    Sue these were positively lovely ideas that everyone must try to follow, not too difficult either! I do try to get in some art or craft activity frequently to revel in the childish joy of having created something myself. Thanks for sharing these beautiful thoughts and tips 🙂
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:21

      Oh thank you for your lovely words Kala. I love doing fun things with my grandson – he certainly helps bring out my inner child!

  • Reply R Thomas Allwin April 12, 2016 at 07:08

    Couldn’t agree more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:24

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

  • Reply Sue April 12, 2016 at 09:01

    I had to think long and hard to remember that last time my inner child got to play:( I have fun, but I have grown up fun and don’t experience the wonder too often. I do love to daydream, and I’m glad you included that. I’ve always been a daydreamer and could occupy myself with stories as a child; I never got bored.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2016 at 11:27

      Daydreaming is great especially laying on grass and watching the clouds. As long as we have fun that is the main thing but sometimes being able to look at life from a child’s eyes is just so precious. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

  • Reply Psychic Nest April 14, 2016 at 07:56

    Hi Sue,

    These are some fantastic tips! Another way to connect to our inner child is to be around children and animals. That carelessness brings on the surface parts of our personality we forgot they are even there. Connecting back to our innocence will bring a new perspective to our lives. Thank you for this amazing post!

    Zaria

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 15, 2016 at 15:55

      Hi Zaria thanks for stopping by and I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post. Have a great weekend and let that inner child enjoy itself for a while 🙂

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak April 19, 2016 at 06:44

    My inner child eats chocolate! Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit. Pinned and shared.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 19, 2016 at 21:27

      Me too Marilyn – dark chocolate is my favourite!

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