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HOW TO CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD

Oh, to be young again.

While we all want to grow up and finally feel like adults, childhood was probably the prime of our lives. We were confident, curious and generally happy about everything. Let’s get back to that. If you find yourself stressed and over-worked, or just generally confused about adulting, we suggest taking these tips to connect with the kid inside of you.

TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

It’s funny how much you can remember by digging through old photographs, school projects and artwork. Take inventory of everything you notice—who were your best friends? What did you like to wear? What were your favorite places? What was your favorite color? Book? Movie? These simple answers are just the beginning of piercing together who you were as a child.

BE WHO YOU ONCE WERE

Once you have an idea of what your inner child is like, start exploring your past interests and environments. If you live in your hometown, taking a trip to a place you haven’t been for years can spark feelings of giddiness and nostalgia. If you don’t, just engaging yourself in activities you once did, such as an old sport or creative venture, can be enough to reconnect you with your old self.

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INCLUDE MORE PLAY IN YOUR LIFE

The beauty of being a child is that everything seems new and exciting. Kids can make adventures out of walks, masterpieces out of crayons and worlds with just their imaginations. Contrary to what most people believe, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on vacations and outings for enjoyment. Go to the park and walk barefoot in the grass, have a picnic or play on the swings. Take a bike ride—or even a walk—in a part of your neighborhood you’ve never been to. Lay a blanket in your backyard and watch the sun set or the stars twinkle.

Connecting with your inner child is more than just fun and games; a healthy relationship with your inner child has been shown to result in better emotional health. And a healthy mind is definitely something we’re down with.

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