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Here’s how you can banish stress by indulging your inner child

Published on:21 July 2021, 13:30pm IST
Being an adult almost always means chasing deadlines and fulfilling responsibilities. Well, it’s time to put adulthood on hold and treat your inner child.
Devina Kaur
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Don’t ignore your inner child—embrace her. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Remember when we were kids and eating ice cream at a local park would ignite within us with an excitement that you have never felt before? The older we get the more the world gets to us. Being an adult can be demanding. Paying the bills, running businesses, and raising a family of your own is not for the faint-hearted and often makes us reminisce about the times when life was easy, most especially when we were kids.

Re-awakening your inner child should be more than just a reminiscent moment—it’s meant to be a daily lived experience seen in everything that you do. Most importantly your inner child should be incorporated within your divine and true self. As adults we experience burnout and exhaustion because we have forgotten to cease the little things in life that used to make us happy when we were children.

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Indulging in our inner child doesn’t mean we should neglect the beauty that flourishes in the stages of adulthood but rather remembering the simpler things that used to make us happy and re-shaping those experiences again.

Here are 3 tips that will be great to remember when indulging in your inner child fiercely and unapologetically.

1. Make Mother Nature your best friend again!

The sight of nature sparks our imagination and opens our eyes to an endless and magnetic world. A world where beautiful flowers bloom in the sunshine whilst the little animals and bugs work harmoniously to make the world a magical place. Connecting with nature is like connecting with something that is greater than ourselves especially in a world where our lives are consumed by the noises of society. Whether it’s walking barefoot on the fresh green grass or drinking your morning tea whilst enjoying the fruitful chirps of morning birds. Connecting with nature on a mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional level accelerates our growth as a being who is mindfully present with the natural world.

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Keep your chin up always. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Breakfast meets dinner

Have you ever come home from a really long day at work and cooking was the last thing on your mind? When was the last time you had a bowl of cereal and smiley syrupy pancakes in your most comfy pajamas on a dull evening? Not having a care in the world is exactly the type of medicine the ayurvedic doctor ordered for us.

Perhaps craving ice cream on a Tuesday evening? Why not! There’s nothing like a sweet treat that allows us to feel like the kids we used to be. Have a bit of fun by unwinding with your most treasured delicacies even if it means bending made-up societal rules and etiquette in the meanwhile. Happiness begins when you’re able to release while you reflect on the lighter side of life. Be unapologetic about making yourself your number 1 priority and finding your own inner happiness.

3. Work less, play harder

We’ve all heard of the saying, “work hard, play hard” but when it comes to reconnecting with your inner-child, play is more relevant than ever before! Every adult can recall how important it is for children to experience the joys of playing, whether it is with their closest friends, cousins or even their parents. Every interaction feels like a new adventure.

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Play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to others and the world around you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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As adults, allowing ourselves the permission to play is all about channeling the things we thought we’ve lost along the way. Your version of play may involve jumping a few hoops or dancing in the mud during a heavy rain storm. Maybe you’re in the workplace and incorporating time such as sharing a joke with your work colleagues or playing with a football around the office during lunch break takes your mind off your busy schedule. However when you decide to play, make the most out of it and don’t forget to indulge in the happiness that it brings to you.

Connecting with the inner child is about finding yourself in moments where you were at your happiest and at liberty with yourself. Letting go to connect to the inner child is fun, exhilarating and authentically empowering. Aspire to be more childlike and let go of the stress and fear that once controlled your every action.

Devina Kaur Devina Kaur

Devina Kaur is an inspirational speaker, radio host, and producer. She is also the author of the self-help book called "Too Fat Too Loud Too Ambitious".