8 Ways To Release Your Inner Child and Feel Happier

· May 21, 2016

Childhood is a stage in life that we often remember with great affection. When you were a child, you had an inexhaustible source of enthusiasm; any object could turn into a toy, any activity an adventure.

With time, we turn into adults, stress and responsibilities take over our lives, and we often forget to leave a bit of time for play, to connect with our inner child.

It is important to lend a hand to that child that we all carry inside us. Some studies show that dedicating time to activities that belong to childhood, that don’t involve responsibility or competition, but that encourage a lack of inhibition, is related to greater happiness levels and lower stress levels.

Let us learn to once again consider our lives a big playground.

Today we bring you 8 different ways to release the inner child that we all carry within us:

Coloring

Maybe you are familiar with the phenomenon of mandala coloring books; if not, go ask at the closest bookstore and you will be amazed.

It is not just a simple passing trend; rather, when we color, we plunge into a state of concentration and disconnect from the problems of our day-to-day lives, which helps us reduce stress.

Coloring a Mandala

Playing outside

Children, especially those in open environments, run, jump, and climb all over everything they find. However, as adults, what we do outdoors tends to be much more passive: we eat outside, maybe we take a walk, and in some cases, we practice sports.

Although all of these activities are beneficial, the key is to try less structured activities, those that break our routine and put our body in less familiar situations to practice skills like balance.


This is why it is good to climb trees, swing, jump rope, etc., because these are physical activities that are not so habitual.

Playing outside brings us away from the sedentary lifestyle that many of us lead. These practices and games not only reduce our stress and wake up forgotten areas in our brains, but they also release endorphins, fill us with excitement, and put us in touch with our adventurous side.

Daydreaming

Daydreaming is the equivalent of taking a while for ourselves without doing anything, time in which we let our minds wander.

This can be in any situation: lying down in the park, taking a bath, or simply sitting on the couch looking out the window.

The key is not to feel guilty for “wasting time”. Taking some time to let our minds be calm, far from the constant flow of responsibilities in our daily life, is very helpful.

Daydreaming not only gives us a break; it is also a good mechanism for strengthening our creativity, for oftentimes when we let our minds wander, our thoughts become reorganized and make connections that allow us to see reality and the problems that we have at hand in a different way.

Creating

Speaking of creativity, any creative activity is a perfect stimulant for positive moods. It has been shown that people who have a creative hobby are less stressed while practicing it.

Children color, make paper cut-outs, macaroni necklaces, they do puzzles… The important thing here is to give our creativity free rein, along with our desire to produce something, even if it will not have any material benefit and even if we do not believe it is doing us any good.

Do you like to cook, knit, draw, build models? Whatever comes to your mind, the important thing is to work with your hands at activities that will help you to take life less seriously, at least for a little while.

Hugging

Children have much less inhibition when it comes to physical contact. Unfortunately, as we get older, we build more physical barriers between ourselves and others.

But hugging, holding hands, showing affection to our loved ones through contact is a source of happiness.

Hugging strengthens affectionate bonds, helps create an intimate atmosphere, and when there are bad vibes between people, it is a good way to lighten the mood.

Boy Hugging Girl at Sunset

Taking a nap

Or sleeping well, in general. Sometimes we sacrifice hours of sleep so that we can finish all the activities that we have set out to do, but sleeping well and letting our bodies and minds rest is fundamental for our health, both physical and mental.

When we sleep, we recuperate, and this is the only way to achieve an optimal energy state to deal with the challenges we are faced with each day. Sometimes a nap can be a way to renew our energies for the rest of the day.

So do not think that you are wasting time when you sleep. In fact, you are investing in yourself.

Not being afraid to make mistakes

As we go, we are learning everything, and it is normal for us to make mistakes time and time again; that is part of learning!

For some reason, we adults tend to see mistakes as failures and not as part of life’s path. As a result the fear of making mistakes often paralyzes us and distances us from our dreams and desires. Making mistakes is not a failure; it is the sign that we tried and a good way to keep learning.

In short, any time you can, break away from your prejudices, play, run, jump, lose your balance, and do activities without any practical or economical goal. You will see that you recover a bit of the hope and enthusiasm that you surely remember as a treasure from your childhood.

That child that you carry inside you is waiting for you to give it a hand in coming out so that you can have fun together.

(Inspired by this article.)