Sometimes being an adult sucks. You know it, I know it, those clever people who created and marketed adult colouring books know it. Some of the best and happiest years of my life occurred as a child. Carefree. Worry-free. Debt-free. Those were the good old days. While I can’t go back, unless I somehow score a DeLorean time machine, I can attempt to relive those carefree happy days by acting like a kid again.
So the next time the weight of the world is getting you down, try some of these activities to embrace your inner child. You’ll feel better in no time!
1. Bake it Off
Before baking gourmet cakes with Madagascar vanilla beans and raw organic cocoa powder was all the rage, the cakes we baked came from a box. As someone who loves to bake, I don’t normally look twice at packet mix cakes. But there was something so damn delicious about eating soft fluffy cupcakes with sugary sweet icing and a rice paper image of Barbie on it. Have a baking day and enjoy the sweet stuff.
2. Unleash Your Creativity
Adult colouring books have well and truly saturated the market because colouring is cool. And it can be relaxing. I actually find the intricate colouring required for some of those books to be quite stressful. However, give me a Disney Princess and I’m in heaven. Or better yet, a plaster cat that I can paint. If there is a plaster painting place near you stop in and get painting. I found someone selling plaster painting kits at a local farmers market but there are also plenty of arts and crafts stores that sell kits too.
3. Get Your Game On
As a 90s kid, I loved playing the Nintendo-64. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent watching blobs fall in Kirby’s Avalanche. If you weren’t smart enough (like me) to hold on to your old gaming consoles, gather some friends around and have a board game night. Whip out the tried and true classics: Monopoly, Guess Who, Connect 4 and if you’re feeling adventurous why not even Pretty Princess.
4. Play Dress Up
I recently attended a fancy dress party and had a blast trying on a bunch of different outfits in the costume store. If you don’t have any upcoming parties that require you to dress up, why not host one yourself. Or play dress-ups in your own, or a friend or family members, wardrobe (my mum still has some hideous outfits from the 80s in her closet). Trying on different outfits that you haven’t worn for a while might even help you declutter and throw out a bunch of old stuff.
5. Get Moving
Kids birthday parties are the bomb. Mini golf, laser tag, roller skating, bowling…they are all so much fun. You don’t need to be 12 or having a birthday to enjoy shooting people with lasers or falling on your butt in a pair of roller skates. Gather some friends and get moving.
How do you embrace your inner child?