13 Nostalgic Activities to Reconnect with Your Inner Child

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How to Reconnect with Your Inner Child

When you are on your healing journey, you might be searching for ways and activities to reconnect with your inner child.

I’m a sucker for all things nostalgia, and I truly believe participating in nostalgic activities can set your inner child’s soul on fire.

I’m sure the 13 activities featured in this post will unlock some sentimental childhood memories.

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Activities to Connect to Inner Child

1. INNER CHILD MEDITATION

Meditating is one of the best ways you can connect with your inner child.

This healing inner child meditation is incredibly powerful at untangling the bonds of codependency.

You’ll be encouraged to visualize your younger self, while forgiving, honoring, and loving them.

The first time I listened to the meditation, so many built up emotions pooled out of my eyes as I cried.

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2. LISTEN TO SONGS FROM CHILDHOOD

Music heals us in ways other tools can’t — and healing your inner child is no exception.

I’m a 90s baby, so I’m partial to music that came out in the 90s and early 2000s.

Some of my favorite feel-good songs are ⤵️

🎵 Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
🎵 All Star – Smash Mouth
🎵 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain

Whenever I hear music from my childhood, I am reminded why reconnecting with our inner child is a pivotal way to heal childhood trauma.

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4. WATCH DISNEY MOVIES

I don’t know about you, but Disney movies (and Disney music) are my jam.

I grew up watching Disney movies, and I have a true soft spot in my heart for them.

Nostalgic Disney Recommendations ⤵️

🎬 Oliver and Company
🎬 Emperor’s New Groove
🎬 Mulan

And while I love the Disney classics, I love how much more diverse and inclusive the newer ones are becoming (like Coco and Moana).

Whether you watch the classics or gravitate towards the modern ones, Disney movies are a fantastic way of connecting with your inner child.

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5. PLAY VIDEO GAMES

Another nostalgic way to reconnect with your inner child is to play old school video games.

Some of us grew up on SEGA (*cues SEGAAAAA song*), Game Boy, or Nintendo.

I also grew up on PC games, and I still play Rollercoaster Tycoon and Sims to this day.

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6. DANCE IN THE RAIN

I wasn’t allowed to play in the rain or splash in puddles when I was younger.

When I was in my teens, I finally danced in the rain.

Not only did it help me connect with my inner child, but it was also a total spiritual experience.

We are meant to explore our world, and when we don’t get to do that as kids, it’s more important than ever that we give ourselves a chance to do that as adults.

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7. BUILD SANDCASTLES

Another thing I was scolded for was playing in the sand.

My dad encouraged us kids, but my mom hated when we would bring sand in the car (even when she never drove that car).

But playing in nature is one way we learn about the world as kids.

So the next time you go to the beach, bring some sand toys and let your inner child run wild.

8. FINGER PAINT

I remember buying finger paint when I was in my late teens.

When I started finger painting, my inner child soared.

To this day, finger painting is one of my favorite activities to release my inner child.

9. PLAY WITH PLAY-DOH

Playing with Play-Doh was hands down one of my favorite weekend activities as a kid.

It was always so exciting taking the Sunday newspaper after my dad read it and spreading it out over the table.

I would play with Play-Doh for hours playing, creating, and connecting with my soul.

10. MAKE TIE DIE

I remember one of the birthday parties I went to as a kid was a tie dyeing party.

Being creative is such a fantastic way to reconnect with your inner child.

And tie dyeing allows you to wear your boldly colorful creation proudly.

11. WATCH HOME VIDEOS

While watching home videos can bring up painful memories, they can also help you revisit who you were when you were younger.

When I go back and watch mine, I see both how vibrant I was and how reserved I was.

Watching home videos can help you see and connect with your inner child in ways other activities can’t.

12. EFT TAPPING

Tapping, also known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is based on a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.

So basically, you use your fingertips to tap specific meridian points (or energy hot spots) on your body while speaking life-changing affirmations to help balance your body’s energy.

The first time I tried tapping for my wounded inner child, I cried out years worth of blocked emotions.

13. SPEAK AFFIRMATIONS

Speaking affirmations for your inner child is self-nurturing, healing, and undeniably life-changing.

Powerful inner child affirmations ⤵️

⭐ My inner child looks up to the person I am today.
⭐ Today, I hold my inner child’s hand with tenderness and love.
⭐ I am braver than all the Disney princesses combined.

Reparenting yourself takes massive effort, but speaking inner child affirmations can help speed up the healing process.

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Reconnecting with Your Inner Child

As we age, it’s harder for us to find time to play and have fun.

But our inner child deserves this time.

Participating in nostalgic activities, like finger painting and playing with Play-Doh, is one of the best ways to connect to your inner child.

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How to Connect to Your Inner Child