You have probably heard the term “inner child”, and visualized a younger version of yourself somewhere inside your body and/or mind. We have often used it as a form of expression, such as “I am channeling my inner child”, when engaging in youthful activities. But, little do most people know, that our life experiences through all stages of life, can either strengthen or wound this inner child. For those who have experienced healthy, balanced, and positive memories, one’s inner child can be fun, creative, and hopeful. Whereas, for those who may have experienced trauma, challenges, and hardships, can have the opposite effect. One’s inner child may be deeply wounded, which can trigger feelings of fear, anger, shame, and guilt. This particularly shows up in one’s relationships and interactions with others.
So, if you are noticing the latter, and want to heal, the first step is getting to know your inner child. Notice what child-like and underdeveloped emotions are connected with your past experiences. It is best to consider early experiences, because typically, that is where our inner child is most impacted. Once you have done this very important step, it is time to nurture it. Here are a few ways that you can heal and nurture your inner child:
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. Sending positivity and blessings to all of those on their healing journey!
By Randi Davis
LCSW, PPSC -Licenced Clinical Social Worker, Children’s Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor
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