3 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Child

September 30, 2020

 To say we’re living in uncertain times would be an understatement. While it may be years before we understand the full mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, numbers are already starting to come in regarding increased levels of anxiety and depression. 

Many people have lost their jobs. Others are trying to figure out how to help their children navigate remote learning. Many have lost a loved one due to this illness. Needless to say, it can be hard to find much fulfillment in life right now. 

Instead, you’re likely feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and perhaps as though the weight of the world is on your shoulders. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to feel like a kid again? 

Thankfully, there are things you can do to unleash a bit of your inner child, let go of some of that stress, and find peace for a moment. Let’s look at a few techniques you can use. 


1. Dance, Dance, Dance

You’ve probably heard the saying ‘dance like no one’s watching’, right? Well, why not give it a try? 

Most people know that exercise helps to boost endorphins and can give you more energy. Throw yourself a 5-minute dance party in the middle of the day to let go of stress and find some motivation. 

Or, take some time to play! Research the best trampolines and go for an afternoon jump, or dive in the pool at the end of a long day. Whatever you can do to move your body without any agenda other than having fun will help to lower your stress levels. 

2. Appreciate Something Simple

Have you ever noticed that children tend to get excited about the smallest, most insignificant things? 

What would happen if adults adopted that mentality more often? 

Try to appreciate something small and simple at least once a day. Maybe your co-worker brought pastries into the office. Maybe it’s just a sunny day, or maybe it’s raining and you have the opportunity to curl up on your couch with a good book. 

In the craziness of the world, it’s very easy to ignore the small-yet-wonderful things that happen every day. Choose to get excited and show gratitude for those things as often as you can. 

3. Learn to Laugh

While it’s not always easy to find humor in today’s world, laughter is important. Studies have shown that laughing can actually help to reduce stress levels. The saying “laughter is the best medicine” has some truth to it!

Not only can laughter reduce stress, but your body also has a positive physical reaction to it, as well. It relaxes your body, can boost your immune system, and even protect your heart from cardiovascular issues. 

Try to find a reason every day to laugh, and really allow yourself the freedom to do so. The world hasn’t completely lost its humor, and neither should you! While you may not find the same things as funny as a child would, there are certainly things to laugh about on a daily basis, and your mind and body will thank you for it! 

Letting yourself “be a kid again” is one of the best ways to make it through these stressful times. So, be willing to let go, let loose, and laugh more!

*contributed post*

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