Here are some suggestions for self-care and maintaining a connection with your inner child:
Create space and time in your daily schedule to talk to and listen to your inner child. The key to this is imagery. Picture the child sitting beside you, in your lap, or jumping around the room. Just “checking in” with your child self will give you a reading on how you’re doing emotionally. You may find him hiding in a corner, or he might be scared and trembling. You may find as you offer support and understanding to the child, the image will change, giving you feedback on how you’re doing in your self-care. Explore and enjoy your self-discovery!
Take quiet alone time on a regular basis. Ideally 20 minutes to an hour a day, find a private comfortable place where you can relax, meditate and/or pray without interruption. You can incorporate journaling and inspirational reading into this time as well. Always allow at least 15-20 minutes of being still and silent. This opens your inner space to the child, and accesses your spiritual nature. It will also do wonders for the health of your body, mind and spirit. Make this quiet alone time a top priority, and you will bring more of your authentic self to your relationships both personally and professionally.
When your body is showing signs of stress, that's your inner child saying, "Slow down. You're not Superman and you're neglecting me." That's when you practice your skills for relaxing, playing, creating and simply "goofing off." If you ignore that voice, it will just get louder until you pay attention. An unhappy inner child may try to communicate through a headache, stomach problems, depression or even major illness. When we listen to the subtle messages, we don’t need the “loud” messages of illness and catastrophe.
Create opportunities for laughter and fun. If you don't know how to play, then learn. Do a web search on "laughter and humour" and you will find lots of information on their health benefits and how to get more into your life. There are classes and workshops on play and laughter going on all over the country year around.
Be creative. This accesses the magical child in you, and further allows you to become a vessel for the expression of the Creator that lives within you. Take dance lessons, art lessons, or learn to play a musical instrument. Get on the floor or in the dirt with a child and let them show you the creative world they live in. Join them there and feel yourself come alive.
Only risk and commit to relationships in which you are loved. You deserve love, and without it you will not live fully and become the person you were born to be.
Embrace all that you are. Do not reject any aspect of your being. If you have problems, get help. You can have the life you want—and it's up to you to create it. Finding the good in yourself and the world around you is one of the best ways to connect with and care for your inner child, and become your most amazing and joyous self.