Adulting is hard.
Every adult I have ever met (myself included) is essentially a large child trying to navigate their way through life, having varying degrees of success in pretending to know what they’re doing.
So sometimes we need a break. Sometimes we just need to hit pause and let our inner child come out to play. They’re bored. They need some love. They’ve been stuck at the back of your mind for way too long while you go to work and pay your bills and clean your house.
But how can we do that? We’ve been trained that by “our age” we should have put aside any childish things. We need to be “proper” adults. Well, screw that.
Here are some tips on how to take a break from adulting and nurture your inner child.
Watching some kid’s tv might sound boring, but some of today’s shows are actually pretty good, and have some grown-up humour thrown in that passes blissfully over kids’ heads, for example, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse gives several nods to things like Star Trek, Forrest Gump, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many more. It’s also just a nice, sweet, endlessly positive show, at which you can’t help but smile. On the other hand, you could also watch some kid’s shows from your own childhood, like Postman Pat or The Raggy Dolls. Snuggle into some nostalgia.
Have a meal that reminds you of childhood! Turkey dinosaurs, chips, and beans? Amazing. Pink custard? Hell yeah. Wash it down with a milkshake? Perfect. Nothing is cosier than a kid’s meal.
Invest in at least one super fluffy soft toy. I currently have three: Twilight Sparkle (My Little Pony), Eeyore (renamed Sad Boy), and a handmade bunny that my mum made for me. If I’m feeling lonely or just need a cuddle and the cats aren’t feeling particularly sociable, I’ll grab a plushie and just cuddle it. It might sound lame, but hey, I’ll take comfort where I can get it!
Adulthood often doesn’t leave a lot of time for games, so why not treat yourself to some downtime with Pokémon on your old GameBoy or The Sims on the computer. Veg out for a bit. Rename “Gary” as “Poohead”. Drown your Sims in the pool. Whatever makes you happy.
Creativity is a great way to let your inner child come out to play. Have a go at finger-painting, make a daisy-chain crown, or make one of those paper fortune teller things everyone made at school. Remember the freedom of childhood – every piece of artwork was a masterpiece, even if you were just smearing paint across some paper with your hands. Enjoy the process, regardless of the result.
How do you nurture your inner child? Leave your comments below, and let me know if you try any of these tips!