Women have been conditioned that we need to do it all. We need to have it all together. All the time.
We need to do all the tasks. We need to be superwoman. We have been so conditioned to do it all for everyone except for ourselves. We have been tasked with making sure everyone else is having fun except for us. Somewhere along the process we as women learned that fun is not for us. That life isn’t fun, and that fun really is only reserved for special occasions, for children, and for particular moments in time, but never everyday life.
When we learn to welcome our inner child back into our lives, we welcome fun along with them. As an inner child healer and guide, I am a big believer that life should be f*cking fun every single damn day with no ifs, ands, or buts.
When we welcome fun into our lives, we welcome joy, pleasure, ease, and abundance.
Which are ALL things we could use more of.
Our inner child is always a part of us. They are always there; they are just waiting for you to listen and nourish them. When we begin to listen to our inner child we are asking them to help us learn to have fun, experience joy, and pleasure all with EASE.
Think about it, when was the last time that fun came EASILY to you? Like it did when you were a kid?
I want to help you fix that with these simple practices that help you welcome your inner child back into your life:
Read a Fiction Book:
I know that self-help book or that finance book that’s next on your list, that you’re sure is going to fix all your problems is probably great! But when was the last time you read a book that was pure FUN? Like about mermaids, and dragons, and love? Take some time to read a book like that.
Have a Dance Party or Play with a Hula Hoop:
If you go on Instagram everyone and their mom will tell you to dance it out, and there is a good reason! It’s because it will boost your energy like no other and make you feel so good! What if you don’t feel comfortable dancing though? My recommendation is to start with a hula hoop! You can get one for under $5 at any store like Walmart. Turn on some music and hula hoop in the comfort of your home and work up to feeling comfortable enough to dance! When you’re a kid you have no fear about dancing or playing wherever you are and embodying that energy with either of these practices is a good start.
Coloring is one of the best ways to relax your nervous system and allow yourself to have some fun. As a kid I was always a “practical” colorer, meaning that I always wanted everything to be the color it would be in real life. As an adult I have loosened my reigns on what each picture is supposed to look like and I allow myself to color like a toddler would! Not caring about the lines, not caring what color goes where, just having pure fun. Coloring is a great way to let your inner child know that it is safe to create and peek back out into the world.
Nature truly is the best medicine and there is a reason children are so drawn to the outside world! Playing outside gives you a boost of endorphins allowing JOY to surface seamlessly. Doing an activity that you loved as a child, as an adult, carries so much weight and allows you to break free from the pattern you may have settled in. Waking up, going to work, coming home, etc. Allowing yourself to be outside and with nature is an amazing way to break up your day and welcome fun, joy, and ease into your world. Some of my favorite activities are going for walks, playing with my dogs outside, riding a bike, going out to pick flowers/weeds, watching the sunrise or sunset, and sitting in the grass!
Having a Tea Party (Even if it is by yourself!):
Sitting down for tea is an amazing way to nourish and support your inner child. Children of all ages, genders, and walks of life have tea parties and sit with their imagination. Make yourself a cup of your favorite tea and have a tea party! Allow your inner child to come through with every sip and allow your imagination to soar. You can even get all dressed up and make the experience even more fun, but this practice is meant to connect you to the simplest pleasures in life!
Building or Creating something with your Hands:
Children are always using their hands to make, create, or build something that brings them joy. When was the last time you used your hands to do the same? When we become “adults” we often lose the connection we have with our body to create. Building and creating with your hands is a super easy practice to welcome fun and joy and pleasure with ease, especially since this comes so naturally to us as a human. I love playing with Legos, clay, sand, paints, flowers, wood, etc. to build or create something new!