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We all have one…that childhood picture capturing us as careless and free. Carl Jung and other psychologists have long argued that everyone has an inner child—the playful, innocent part of yourself that lives in you.
Our inner little boy or girl expresses the need for security, trust, nurturing, affection, and so on. This creative and playful part of you is the real version of yourself. Take a moment and ask yourself: How do you feel about your inner child?
Nurturing your inner child in a healthy manner allows you to give and receive affection, as opposed to inability to trust, and being unable to be in touch with one’s feelings. In order to achieve the first example, we must nurture our inner child on a daily basis. Some examples may include writing a letter to your inner child from your adult self, using photographs of yourself as a reminder, engaging in real life activities that bring you back to your childhood and allow you to have freedom of expression.
Caring for your inner child actually takes a lot less work than fighting the idea of it. There are activities that can get you into the spirit of being a child such as hugging a stuffed animal, swinging on the swings at the park, or having an ice cream cone.
It is important to nurture your inner child on a daily basis. Engaging in self-nurturing activities also helps when battling anxiety and depression. When you find yourself engaging in negative self talk, ask yourself if that’s the way you would talk to your inner child.
In taking some of these suggestions, getting to know your inner child may increase your self esteem, and as a direct result, improve your relationships with others.
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