Updated: Sep 9, 2020
What does the inner child mean? It's the childhood version of you that is still within you. It's still part of your life journey, and it doesn't go away just because you became an adult. All of those memories as a child are always within you. How often do you think of them?
What is inner child work? It's being talked about a lot nowadays, but it's not as simple and understandable as it may sound. It's about you doing inner healing to overcome the trauma that you experienced as a child. Think about all of the memories you've had and how sometimes they pop up out of the blue. Memories sometimes do that because it's a divine message telling you that it's still a problem or fear that hasn't been officially addressed and resolved. Other times there are things that you've encountered that trigger the thoughts. Memories are stored in mind forever, but when you fix an issue, the idea of it shouldn't make you cringe and want to isolate or jump into a depressed mode.
Inner child work can be exhausting, so before you get started, there should be a plan in place for you to feel safe and protected during the work. Although the work is brief, it can be intense depending on the life experiences you've had. I recommend engaging with a mental health professional to assist you with your healing journey. Everyone's results will be dependent on their perspectives of their life and how they've been impacted as children.
Here's an exercise that you can do to cater to your inner child starting today!
Write a list of healthy activities that you enjoyed engaging in as a child.
For example: hide and go seek, hopscotch, swimming, bike riding, jump rope, card games, board games, running outside, piggyback riding, catching bugs, coloring, playing with play dough, reading, singing, writing, any sport, pillow fights, dancing.
Allow yourself to choose one activity that you enjoyed as a child and start to incorporate it into your weekly activities. If you decide to do inner child work, check out Psychology Today to locate a therapist in your area.
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