The Importance of Getting in Touch with Your Inner Child

drawing painting inner childCounselors and mental health specialist often talk about the elusive inner child that we all have inside of us. The idea behind the inner child is that we are able to connect to the perspective on life we had as children. Recalling this innocent nature within ourselves is beneficial to ourselves and those we effect. But just why is the inner child important and how do we access it?

The reason that every person’s inner child should matter to them is because there are sound psychological reasons why people should never lose touch with this part of themselves. There are many ways that our brains grow and develop to broaden our perspective on the world and expand our scope as we age. However, as children, we are arguably more in touch with ourselves than any other time in our lives because we have not been influenced by outside factors yet. We are the most in touch with our own inherent qualities as children, and thus more mentally healthy and in tune with our own needs. Therefore, when we are able to access our own inner child, we recall truths about ourselves that we have since forgotten.

Psychologists recommend drawing and coloring as one universal way of getting in touch with your inner child. This is because most of us, at least in North American society, were given basic drawing and coloring materials as children to occupy our time and our minds. Children naturally have large, limitless imaginations and they spend a majority of their time expressing them through pretend and through art. Therefore, sitting down to engage in drawing or painting as adults naturally channels the memory of creating art as children. This simple act can actually make us recall things we have forgotten, open compartments of our minds that have been sealed off and let us access valuable, innocent thought and behavioral patterns that we have long since forgotten about.

Drawing and Painting

painting drawingDrawing and painting are exceptionally good hobbies to practice for a number of reasons. The materials to create these types of art projects are very accessible, the artistic vision is under total control of the artist and this type of artistic process is very good for people’s mental health. If you are considering a new hobby, reach for the pencils and the brushes and begin creating art!
The materials you need to begin drawing and painting are very easy to find. Typically, for the basics, you do not need to look farther than the grocery superstore in your area, which is likely to carry, pencils, paper, erasers, canvasses, paints and brushes. If you do not have large grocery store, locate the nearest art supply store for the desired materials.
One of the most attractive things about drawing and painting as a hobby is the absolute freedom and control these projects give the artist. Many artists describe the artistic process as being totally liberating and freeing because it is a microcosm that they are in control of. The project can be whatever the artist wants or needs it to be, ranging from planned out in detail, to spontaneous, to abstract, to realistic, to colorful or to black and white.
Counselors and other mental health professionals highly recommend engaging in an artistic hobby in order to stay balanced. This is one particularly beneficial effect of painting and drawing. Because the artist is in total control of their artistic vision with the project, they are free to express themselves however they wish, and to pace the project however they choose. These practices are excellent for good cognitive behavioral thinking and analyzing, as well as having a calming effect on the artist.
For time well spent, consider taking up drawing or painting as a new hobby. It is easy to find an art class in practically any city or town if you desire outside instruction. Or, if you would prefer simply to experiment and develop your own style, do not hesitate to collect the necessary materials and get started!