Rediscover Your Sense of Wonder: Simple Strategies for Reconnecting With Your Younger Self

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to lose touch with ourselves and feel disconnected from our past. Taking time to relax or have fun feels indulgent, especially when there are a million things on our to-do lists. This takes a toll on our overall well-being, affecting our physical and mental health. 

Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your mental health and reconnect with your younger self. For instance, one licensed therapist on Twitter says taking time to reflect on the past can actually help you handle the present.

“Tip from a licensed therapist: if you want to be better at self-soothing, revisit & explore interests, activities, coping mechanisms you had in adolescent/teenage yrs,” they wrote. “It may seem “childish” to some but the younger you knew a thing or two. It’s okay to reconnect with them.”

This insightful post elicited several specific suggestions from Twitter users who had also retried adolescent hobbies that they had once loved but fallen out of touch with.

Tip #1: Winding Back the Clock on Your Spotify Catalog

Who knows, maybe Nelly's Hot in Herre might give you the morning-time spark that you've been struggling to find.

Tip #2: Get Completely Childish With It

Flying kites. Creating sandcastles. Heck, why not break out the Jumper or Baby Mozart tapes while you're at it?

In all seriousness, if you want to coax out your inner child, you might try doing what your inner child would do.

Tip #3: Don't Rewind the Clock Too Far

At the risk of contradicting Tip #2, some found that there is a lower limit on the activities that can bring you joy as an adult. For Melanie Jones, the Barbie Doll was nostalgic but did not have the intended effect.

Tip #4: Break Out the Crayons

Art is an activity that anyone, from your two-year-old niece to a full-grown Vincent van Gogh, can find joy in. You don't need a full tapestry, either. One Twitter user noted that you only need a coloring book to find some much-needed catharsis.

Tip #5: Let's Get Physical

If you can combine sweat-breaking with a beloved pastime, the psychological benefits could compound.

Another Twitter user endorsed the same general concept but swapped a bike for rollerblades.

Tip #6: When In Doubt, Lego It Out

Feeling burnt out from work? Struggling to find a hobby that occupies your mind without being immensely expensive or impractical? One word: Lego.

Straight from the mouth of licensed therapists: It is OK, and perhaps even massively beneficial, to act childishly from time to time.


This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.