Adulthood has a way of taking the fun out of things. Long work days, bills to pay, errands to run and other responsibilities to fulfill can be enough to make you stop and think about how much you miss the good old days when you were a kid and didn’t have to worry about all these things yet.
Getting back in touch with the kid version of yourself may be just the medicine you need to break free from the anxiety and drudgery of adult responsibility. Every one of us used to be a kid and even if you didn’t have a perfect childhood, you can probably still reflect and look back on at least a few good memories.
Here are 10 tips to help you escape adulthood every once in a while.
1. Make new friends outside of work and family.
As we grow up, we tend to make less new friends and spend less time with the few lifelong ones we’ve made as kids or teenagers, most obviously because of out commitments to our jobs and families. Try joining a volunteer group or a club in your local community to meet some new people and make new friends that you can hang out with after work and on the weekends.
2. Stay out in the rain, and enjoy getting wet!
Adults are always fretting about the weather. Any conditions that make getting from point A to point B difficult is worth complaining about, am I right? Not so for kids. Kids love to play in the rain, stomp in puddles and get wet. When was the last time you didn’t run for shelter when you got caught in the rain?!
3. Ride a bike just because you can.
Too many of us spend ridiculous amounts of time sitting in cars or on public transit these days, going to all the places we need to go so we can do all the things that us adults needs to do. If you haven’t ridden a bike in years, there’s nothing better than getting back on one to help you reconnect with your inner child—and get back to being a little more active too!
4. Build something with Legos.
One of the best things about being a kid is that you’re constantly learning, experimenting, and creating art. There’s just something about stacking one thing on top of the other that’s so satisfying. If you were a kid who loved to play with Legos or any other type of building block toy, you could probably spend hours pretending to be a mini architect as an adult, too.
5. Get a coloring book.
There’s a been a big trend in adult coloring books lately, with lots of people claiming that its meditative effects help to reduce stress. If your current adult life doesn’t let you express yourself creatively very often, coloring would be a nice, relaxing way to take advantage of using this as an artistic outlet.
6. Sculpt something with clay or play-dough.
Kids work with their hands a lot. If you have a job that requires a lot of analytical thinking and typing on a computer, sculpting may be the key to saving your sanity. Grab something squishy that you can mold into different shapes, and see where your hands take you.
7. Watch your old favorite cartoons.
It’s not uncommon to look at the popular cartoons of today and wonder why kids love them so much. We all get attached to what we grew up with. Do a search for your old shows on Netflix or online to flood yourself with memories of after school TV programs and Saturday morning cartoons.
8. Listen to music from the bands and artists you worshipped as a kid.
Like the shows you used to watch as a kid, the music you once listened to back then can bring back some intensely nostalgic memories, too. Which songs did you spend hours listening to in your room, with your friends, at school dances or during family car trips?
9. Reconnect with an old childhood hobby.
As kids, we’re encouraged to get involved in as many extracurricular activities as we can handle to help us stay active and to mold our future selves. But as we get older and our priorities change, we tend to stop playing soccer or quit taking dance lessons or move on from learning the violin. What did you do as a kid that you think you could pick up again and still really enjoy?
10. Turn your phone off.
Here’s a big one. As kids, we didn’t walk around with smartphones in our pockets. Heck, most of us didn’t even have internet access! If you really want to embrace your inner child, kicking your tech addiction for at least a day is one way to do it.
This list could go on and on. There are so many things we did as kids that we rarely do as adults. It’s common to assume we all need to “grow up,” when we notice ourselves acting immaturely, but in truth, escaping adulthood once in a while is pretty essential for the soul.