Who is your inner child? How old is him or her?
Now, I bet those are questions you don’t get asked often. They are probably questions that downright baffle too.
And yet, such questions are surprisingly easy to answer, at least according to psychologists.
Simply put, your “inner child” is that aspect of you that enjoys all the freedom of childhood with limited restrictions.
Do you remember the time when you were allowed to play for hours in your bedroom without having to worry about work, life, love, or money? Do you remember those carefree days when life is all about merriment, and not the unending struggles to survive in society or make ends meet?
Psychologists additionally believe that early teenage years and puberty mark the typical age for an inner child. This so, because you were too young to experience school and relationship stress, but old enough to be trusted to stay home alone.
In other words, any inner child, regardless of gender or location, is approximately 12 years old. With that said, have you planned a gift this Christmas for that forgotten kid in you? One that can tap into your childhood hobbies and passions, and confer true joy?
What Kind of Gift Would Delight Your Inner Child?
Everybody has different hobbies. Therefore, if you’re going to delight your inner child this Christmas, you have to begin by remembering the things you used to like.
It’s also worth acknowledging that adolescence might in retrospect, feel smooth and friction-less compared to adulthood, but was probably not a comfortable period for you. For a start, your mind was constantly bombarded by incoherent flows of hormones i.e. emotions, which dramatically affects your mood. Therefore, your hobbies during that period tend to involve active coping mechanisms.
In short, you could consider:
- Video games count among the most popular responses to stress because they can be hugely helpful when it comes to channeling negative emotions and energy. There’s nothing more soothing than letting go of your anger and frustration in the virtual world! And feeling heroic while at it.
- Quiet and introspective teens prefer to keep personal diaries in which they share their secrets and struggles. Such diaries are for one’s own eyes only. But in today’s connected world, and for adults, modern diaries i.e. online blogs and journals, can help to make sense of one’s emotions.
- Finally, if you were previously a child with a vivid imagination, books and comics were probably your favourite escape from reality. Open the pages and dive into a brand new world! Better yet, consider your hand at comic creation!
1. Indulge in the video games of your childhood
Do you remember those good old days playing exciting games on your (retro) video game consoles?
You might not have those consoles anymore, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transport yourself back to these happy days.
With a little effort, you can find easy-to-install emulators and Playstation 2 ROMs for Windows PCs online. Such ROMs give you access to classic bestselling games such as GTA San Andreas and God of War II. Emulators are also available for a variety of older video game consoles. Occasionally, you might even find PC-only game classics previously available only on floppy disks.
2. Build a new platform of expression for your inner world i.e. journaling/blogging
Journaling is the logical next step up for those who were familiar with the personal diary.
However, journaling is nowadays also a creative hobby that focuses more on aesthetics and less on the reflective process. If you’re unsure about where to start your introspective journey, you may want to take a look at online journaling tools that can guide you. 750words is a free tool that encourages you to write a stream-of-consciousness text every day. Try it and you’d surely agree it is a relaxing process! One that’s also therapeutic.
3. Bring imaginary worlds to life
Writing your own escape story can be a challenging task. As an alternative, consider drawing your own imaginary world using art software solutions that make the process easier.
You don’t need to be a trained artist to create a manga fantasy world to escape from life worries! Actually, does it even need to be technically perfect or accomplished, when it’s your sanctum? Your inner child is the ruler of this realm. He/she decides what’s to be and what ought to be.
Whether your inner child is a gamer, a reflective thinker, or a creative individual, it’s time to make your dreams once again true this Christmas. There is a present for everyone. Connecting with your inner child is also your closest way to happiness!