You’ve probably heard something about your inner child by now. People are becoming increasingly aware of spirituality and everything that goes along with it, so inner child work is becoming more popular.
However, it can be daunting to delve into what it means to work with your inner child or find out what your inner child needs. Many people neglect to work with their inner child simply because they don’t know where to start.
This article will teach you the ins and outs of inner child work so that you can give your inner child what they genuinely need.
What Is Inner Child Work?
Inner child work involves looking back on past trauma and pain that had happened in your life, specifically when you were a child. You focus on anything that hurt you as a child and work on healing that pain.
To do this, you take on the role of parent or caregiver to your inner child. In this way, you will not seek validation from those that hurt you as a child. Doing inner child work will help you become a better person and a more compassionate parent.
What Do I Do?
Inner child work is quite simple once you get the hang of it. The best part about inner child work is that there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it. As long as you’re acknowledging your inner child, you’re set.
The concept of inner child work has also been called ‘reparenting,’ which means that as adults, we parent our younger selves by providing our inner child with anything we didn’t get when we were children.
Working with your inner child means acknowledging them and providing encouragement and compassion where you only saw punishment, providing comfort and warmth where you only felt afraid, and providing love where you didn’t feel any. An excellent way to do this is to look at your younger self’s photograph and repeat positive affirmations to it.
You can also write down some dialogue from your inner child’s point of view. This means that you allow your inner child to voice their pain and have it acknowledged by somebody who actually cares about it.
Visualizing yourself giving love to your inner child by holding them, hugging them, and telling them that they are worthy of love and affection is another excellent way to begin healing your inner child. Keeping a journal of the progress you make will be beneficial, too.
While all of the methods mentioned above might help, you might need a licensed therapist to help you work with and heal your inner child. If you had a particularly difficult childhood, it might be best to seek professional help as it might be more difficult for you to do the inner child work.