Healing Your Inner Child

Updated: Jun 11

Discovering, understanding and getting intimate with your inner child can give you insight into your adulthood issues. Accessing your inner child allows you to access your subconscious and begin healing your most deep seated wounds.


While it seems strange, viewing your inner child as a separate entity can help you to be more compassionate towards yourself, and empathy encourages healing. Your inner child can help you realize your unmet needs, and help you to resolve negative patterns.


How Your Inner Child Shows Up


When you find yourself feeling reactive, your inner child may be surfacing. Throwing an adult temper tantrum, or feelings of abandonment can indicate unhealed childhood wounds surfacing.


A tough and loveless childhood can have the inner child ruling the way you walk through life. You may have become an angry adult, with trust issues. The inner child is oftentimes reflected in the way challenges are handled.


Challenges in finding joy and tapping into your creativity can also be a reflection of your inner child. As adults we can sometimes be disconnected from play, inhibiting our ability to experience joy and freedom in creativity.


Repressed emotions can hold you back, also resulting in your inner child surfacing in undesirable ways. During childhood, if you only received attention when you were “good,” your inner child can resurface as rebellion, anger and sadness. Childhood abuse or trauma can lead to habits of hiding pain and fear as a survival tactic.


Furthermore, repressed pain can result in destructive relationship patterns. Commonly, as a result of past trauma, you may run from a good relationship trying to protect yourself from being hurt. On the other hand, codependent relationships can be a result of always looking to please in order to win love.


Childhood trauma can lead to shame and a diminished sense of self, as a result there can be an urge to hide.


Being Empowered by Your Inner Child


Joy, innocence and confidence are a birthright. Inner child work can help us mature and realize what we want from the future. Inner child work encourages self discovery, giving you the power to heal the roots of your adult problems.


Accepting and feeling your emotions encourages honoring and taking care of your own needs. As you grow closer to your inner child, poor habits of self-judgment and self loathing begin to decrease, as self-respect grows and becomes transformational.


Your inner child can encourage new and better self-care habits, helping you to unleash creativity and playfulness.


What Your Inner Child Can Help You Work Through

  • Abuse

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Anger Management Issues

  • Self-Sabotage

  • Relationship Difficulties

Accepting and feeling your emotions encourages honoring and taking care of your own needs. Accessing repressed emotions can be challenging work but can leave you feeling more in touch with your feelings and personal power.


There is incredible power in learning to set boundaries, learning to practice self compassion, and learning to invite more enjoyment and fun back into your life.


If you desire, your journey starts here. There is no better time than now to begin journaling, meditating and practicing play in your daily life.

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© 2020 by Markesha Miller, Ph.D.