When was the last time you let your inner child out? As adults, I find that we often take life so seriously. All work and no play. I don’t know about you, but the more I connect with my inner child, the happier and more creative I am in my day to day life.
We were created to play. Even in the Bible, Jesus says that we must “become as little children” (Matthew 18:2) when speaking about entering the Kingdom of God. So, why is it that the older we get, the less fun we have? Don’t children play often?
The past week of my life was draining, to say the least. My “adult” responsibilities were my main priority, sleep was put on the back burner, I got sick, and I found myself consuming consuming consuming. Mindlessly scrolling on social media, adding fuel to the fire of feeling energetically drained. So I decided to delete my social media apps and have a cleanse for 24 hours. Here’s what I found.
STARTING THE DETOX
When I woke up, instead of checking social media for an hour, I got up and left the house. I took my dog, Misty, to the park near where I live, let her off the leash, and we ran around in the grass, underneath the trees together. Typically, I would have my phone on me to take videos for Instagram stories, but I left it at home. I felt more present and more connected to my fur baby, nature, myself, and God than I have in quite some time. I played. And it felt good.
Then, instead of hopping on social media, I knocked out a quick workout, yoga/stretching, made breakfast, journaled, prayed, and got to work. Instead of consuming like I had been doing, I was now creating from a place of authenticity. I wasn’t trying to replicate anyone’s post. I wasn’t turning to others for inspiration. I was simply creating, and allowing my energy to flow through me.
Fast forward to lunch time, I met a sweet friend for food at a cute new restaurant. Again, instead of opening my phone to scroll when I was left alone, or checking notifications even if she was right there, I put my phone on “do not disturb” and remained fully present. We ate, caught up, and took some pictures for social media (hello more content creation!). Human connections and relationships are so important, and I never realized how distracted I was by my phone.
On my way home it started pouring. Instead of crawling into bed and turning on Netflix, I grabbed a latte and came home to let the creative juices continue flowing. I felt so refreshed; my cup was overflowing it was so full. I threw a comfy, fluffy robe on and kept the momentum going.
WHAT I LEARNED
This day made me realize several things.
For one, I am on my phone WAY too much. Wasting time that could be spent doing productive things, or connecting with people. Which brings me to my second realization, being present and connected is EVERYTHING.
Regardless of your job, your lifestyle, your faith, or anything in between, I think it’s important to remember your inner child. Let him or her loose every now and then. Connect with the people you speak to. Be present in nature. Take in the moments with your children (or if you’re like me, your fur children). Tap into your creative side; create something instead of solely consuming everything! Leave the phone at home sometimes. I promise, the world won’t stop spinning if you do.
When was the last time you unplugged? I challenge you to give this a shot, for at least 24 hours, and let me know below how it impacts your life!