13 Inner Child Healing Exercises (for Your Wounded Younger Self)

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Inner Child Healing Exercises

When you have a hurt, wounded younger self, using inner child healing exercises can transform your life in the absolute best way.

You can’t ignore the trauma, neglect, or abuse from your childhood.

But by using the 13 transformative exercises featured below, you can be on the road to living a life free from the pain of your childhood.

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13 Healing Exercises for Wounded Inner Child

1. THERAPY

I am a hugeeee advocate of therapy, especially for people like us who have lived through years of trauma.

Because therapy is a powerful step in unraveling and dismantling any blockages stopping you from healing your inner child.

Without healing, it’s incredibly difficult to connecthonor, and love yourself fully.

Finding a therapist you connect with can make all the difference in helping you heal from the childhood trauma, neglect, and abuse you’ve carried for decades.

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2. POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

If you’ve been reading Okay Now Breathe for any time now, ya know how much I loooveee positive affirmations.

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

Whether you have a mother wound or father wound (or both), I’m sure you’ve experienced a lot of invalidation throughout your life.

Using inner child affirmations is a self-nurturing and healing way to change your life.

Speak these inner child affirmations ⤵️

⭐ I release all pain I’ve been carrying for years.

⭐ I communicate with my inner child daily.

⭐ Today, I hold my inner child’s hand with tenderness and love.

More inner child affirmations:

3. MEDITATION

If you’re a newbie at meditating, you’re probably totally overwhelmed by the concept of meditation.

And while there is definitely a learning curve to meditating, it’s a super beneficial exercise for healing your inner child!

Meditation benefits ⤵️

⭐ Less anxiety and depression

⭐ Less stress and feelings of overwhelm

⭐ Learning to be mindful and stay in the moment longer

⭐ Increased feelings of happiness

⭐ Promoted positive mental health

⭐ Improved sleep

⭐ Reduced anger

⭐ Feelings of clarity and calm

Meditating is like a muscle: The more you practice it, the better and more effective it will be.

I recommend this meditation ⤵️

This unguided inner child healing meditation (created by my husband and me) is designed to help you release old childhood wounds, internal struggles, mental blockages, and self-doubt.

Listen while you meditate, journal, walk, and heal your inner child’s soul.

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4. CHAKRA WORK

Chakra work (especially the first five chakras) has been absolutely pivotal in my inner child healing journey.

Chakras are a network of seven major energy centers arranged vertically along the core of your body.

These spinning wheels of energy correspond to major organsbundles of nerves, and other areas of our body that affect us emotionally and physically.

You can align your chakras with things like yoga, meditation, and affirmations.

Affirmations to help balance chakras ⤵️

⭐ Root Chakra Affirmations

⭐ Sacral Chakra Affirmations

⭐ Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations

⭐ Heart Chakra Affirmations

⭐ Throat Chakra Affirmations

Third Eye Affirmations

⭐ Crown Chakra Affirmations

5. TAROT READING

Discovering tarot (and oracle cards!) changed my life — in every way possible.

I randomly stumbled across a pick a card tarot reading on YouTube (from Stargirl the Practical Witch) that was in my recommendations.

I was skeptical when I clicked on it, but wow… everything was spot on, and my life changed at that exact moment.

And now I use tarot as a form of shadow work to get to the gritty parts of my childhood that still need to be explored.

Using tarot to heal your inner child ⤵️

There are multiple ways you can use tarot cards for shadow work.

⭐ Tarot spread

⭐ Pick a card and journal about it

⭐ Pick a card and meditate on it

No matter what method you choose, I always recommend spending some time reflecting on what you uncovered and learned.

My favorite shadow work decks:

6. CRYSTAL HEALING

Soon after discovering tarot, I discovered the healing benefits of crystals.

To be completely honest…I used to think crystal healing was a crock of s-h-i-t.

But then I held my first crystal (an orange calcite), and man oh man, did I become a believer.

Neglect, abuse, and trauma change us as people, and stones and crystals can help us heal and connect with who we truly are.

Favorite crystals for your inner child ⤵️

Black Tourmaline

Smoky Quartz

Aquamarine

More inner child healing crystals:

7. JOURNALING

Journaling and writing every thought trapped inside is an invaluable exercise for healing your inner child.

I even created my Inner Child Healing Journal, because I know how massively powerful journaling can be.

Inner Child Healing Journal is designed to help you ⤵️

⭐ Locate the pivotal events in your life that shaped you into who you are today

⭐ Identify the impact your parents, siblings, and childhood friends have had on you

⭐ Learn to validate your childhood trauma and experiences

⭐ Release hidden emotional pain blocking you from healing

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8. WRITE A LETTER

Segueing off of journaling, writing a letter to your younger self is a fantastic exercise to connect with your inner child.

Prompts for your letter ⤵️

⭐ If nothing was off limits, what would you say to your parents?

⭐ What does your younger self need to hear in this moment?

⭐ Write a letter to your current self from the point of view of your younger self.

You can find more prompts like this in the Inner Child Healing Journal.

9. READ QUOTES

Reading quotes about embracing, loving, and healing your inner child can make a tremendous impact on your life.

They remind you just how important it is to take daily steps to nurture, honor, respect, and love that little kid that’s inside all of us.

When you feel like you’re broken, reading quotes about difficult childhoods can bring you renewed hope and emotional strength ― because you know you’re not alone.

Favorite inner child quotes ⤵️

⭐ “Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result: Do it and the child heals.” ― Martha Beck

⭐ “She held herself until the sobs of the child inside subsided entirely. I love you, she told herself. It will all be okay.” ― H. Raven Rose (Shadow Selves)

⭐ “When you feel a child inside of you springing to life, that’s how you know you’re where you should be.” ― C. JoyBell C.

More inner child healing quotes:

10. READ SELF-HELP BOOKS

I’m a sucker for audiobooks, especially self-help books.

In my little ole humble opinion, I find hearing someone else speak to me helps me validate my experiences soooo much more.

And want to know the most validating book I’ve ever read? 🤔

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay C. Gibson

While listening on Scribd (which is the platform I use to read all my books), I had to pause it so many times to say, “Wow. I can relate to this so much.”

Yeah, that book is that good!

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11. READ CHILDHOOD FAVORITES

I gotta be honest…I was not a big reader growing up.

Most of the time, I wasn’t a reader at all.

(The closest I got to reading was looking for where Waldo was…)

But I did enjoy The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix a lot as a kid.

I recently listened to the whole series on audiobook and deeply connected with my younger self.

Can you remember what your favorite books were as a kid?

Try rereading them and recognize how much it warms your inner child’s soul.

Remember, you can use Scribd free for 60 days to read digital copies of books or listen to them on audiobook.

12. WATCH MOVIES FROM CHILDHOOD

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, watching Disney movies is a fantastic exercise for connecting with your inner child.

Related post on Disney movies:

13. PLAY WITH TOYS

Do you remember what your favorite toy was as a kid?

Besides Barbies, 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 playingcreating, and connecting with my soul.

Connect with your favorite games ⤵️

If you used to love playing hide and seek, try to find people who will play hide and seek with you.

If you can find your favorite video game or board game (I’m looking at you Candy Land), spend hours playing it again.

Some of the best exercises for healing your inner child are the ones that allow you to play and have fun.

More fun ways to connect with your younger self:

Helping Your Inner Child with Healing Exercises

As you read, there are several exercises for healing your younger self.

There are fun ones (like playing your childhood favorite games) as well as ones that will really get to the gritty parts of healing (like therapy).

Which one are you going to participate in first?

💾 Bookmark this page for when you need a reminder on how to reconnect with your younger self. 

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    • Live video, voice, or text chat session with your therapist
    • 8 easy-to-follow sections, including 25 worksheets
    • Activity plan, journal, and tests
    • Yoga and meditation videos

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Healing Exercises for Inner Child