For some of us, there may have been responsibilities preventing us from simply being kids. Childhoods may come and go, but sustaining our inner child doesn’t have to. Learning how to accept your inner child is a great way to practice self-care this summer. Here are some of the Daily Clog’s recommendations on how to embrace your inner child.
Buy something you’ve always wanted
When we were little, we may have been denied things we really wanted by our parents. Whether it was a Littlest Pet Shop play set or a Nintendo 3DS, we may have the luxury to buy these things today. For me, something I usually buy to be a kid at heart is stuffed animals. Anything your heart desires is fair game!
Whether we grew out of some activities or just became bored of them, doing small things we did as a child is a great way to channel the child in us. Grab a coloring book and crayons, attempt to finger paint or play tag with some friends who might want to be a little childlike for a day too. Don’t worry if you’re not the greatest at these things, though. Children often try activities out of curiosity, rather than trying to be the best.
Live in the moment
Children aren’t worried about the next school year or stuck in the mistakes they’ve made. Kids often live in the moment and try to make the best of it. Even if it’s just for a day — try to live for today and today only. Instead of being glued to your phone or worrying about the many responsibilities you have as a college student, don’t worry about tomorrow.
As UC Berkeley students, we always seem to be caught up in our seemingly never-ending schedule. However, adding a little spontaneity can make your life more exciting. Are you wanting to buy a new outfit? Do you have the urge to go to the movies instead of working on your assignment due next week? Sometimes, it’s good to be bold and simply do things without overanalyzing.
Write a letter to your childhood self
This last recommendation is more self-reflective which can help you better understand — and accept — the child you once were. Think back to your childhood self: What are some of the things that would be best for them to hear? If you were always a timid child who lacked self-confidence, you may give them words of encouragement, for example. With this exercise, you may be able to relate to your past self and reflect on how far you’ve grown over the years.
With these activities, you’ll become one step closer to embracing your inner child. Even if your childhood wasn’t picture perfect, coming to terms with it is really important. You’re also sure to have a lot of fun and become more carefree while engaging in such a lifestyle. This, of course, is always needed as a stressed-out college student!