You might have heard about the concept of the inner child before. Famously the psychiatrist Carl Jung described a child archetype in his work. He linked the internal child to past experiences and memories of innocence, playfulness, and creativity.
The inner child is not just the expression of your childhood memories but also your experiences as an adult. Trauma or wounds in our childhood can reflect itself in our adult behaviors. Certain situations and events can trigger us if our inner child is wounded. If you feel uneasy around this topic and have known traumas in your childhood, we recommend consulting a professional and receiving support in this journey.
Here are three ways to connect to your inner child
1) Recall your childhood
We all have memories of our time as children somewhere stored in our brains. As a first step, spend time revisiting childhood memories.
What did you love doing as a child?
What kind of games did you play?
Did you like playing on your own or with other kids the most? What were your favorite toys? Why?
You can do a visualization exercise to help recall your childhood memories.
Close your eyes. Imagine yourself in your home or room you lived in as a child. Try to remember details and envision whatever you can remember mentally in front of your eyes.
How do you feel after this exercise? Do you feel happy and hopeful? Or alone and uncertain? It will tell you a lot about the state of your inner child.
2) Express yourself openly and authentically
Spending some time with children can help you remember what it felt like being a child. Children are brutally honest. They are not afraid of looking silly. Children most importantly also don't care to become the best in any activity they are doing. Fun is the driving force and emotion. As adults, we often think more than we feel and forget to do things just for fun. So tap into your authentic self and keep shining!
3) Do things you enjoyed as a child
Once you remember the things you enjoyed doing as a child, you can explore and experiment with those activities back in your daily life.
You might love any form of painting, drawing, or crafting.