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Brewing More Self-Love

The tea is Egyptian licorice (by Yogi teas) and the tea tags say “This life is a gift” and “Love is the ultimate law of life.” Sometimes it’s the little things like the messages on the tea bags that help me get through a tough day. I’ve locked my room door and am pretending to have already gone to sleep in hopes that I don’t have to interact anymore with the monster of a man who is my biological father. Whenever he gets back from whatever he did today—honestly, I don’t care. I just don’t want to see his face or talk to him more than I already had to. So I’m retiring in early for the night. The photos in this photo are some favorite pictures of me when I was a baby and 2.5 years old… it’s like my little altar of self love to my inner child on the table bedside my bed. It’s just something I did to help me stay positive. #tea #Selfcare #Selflove #innerchild #PTSDSupportAndRecovery

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Thinking in my thoughts, talking to my parts, in mindful awareness of my PTSD.

I take my hand to my heart...

To my inner child,

Hello part of me. I hear you. I'm sorry you're feeling sad, I'm sorry you're feeling lost but I'm making a tuna sandwich right now and I understand that you are in pain and that you are suffering but I cannot concentrate on my food. I want to give the space for you to be seen and heard but I think that now isn't the time to discuss this and I can't tell you what you need to hear, the answer to your question....how do I fix your suffering? Maybe there isn't a way, maybe we just hold each other here, in my place in the kitchen, in your place in the past and we can be here and we take a moment to acknowledge that whatever it is your suffering from, that it's okay to feel what your feeling.

And so lets try and enjoy this sandwich together?

All my love, from my manager...

And I sit here in fear of this post today, because my mind is open to be witnessed now, and I am willing to be seen and seen I am.

#PTSD #innerchild #innerworld #foodlove #ChronicPain #suffering

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Inner Child Trauma

I have some trauma from my childhood that cause me to have a serious anxious attachment in relationships. I’m constantly feeling unwanted, unloved, not good enough, and willing to do whatever to feel wanted from my ex SO. Not only did it cause issues but my ex is also a narcissist which makes everything a lot worse as he love bombs me. I just don’t know what to do to get passed my inner child trauma so I can better for myself and any relationships. #innerchild #Anxiousattachment #narcissist

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Bear in the Big Blue House Helped Me Better Manage My Depression

Early January, I posted anonymously on Reddit that I was so overwhelmed with my depression that I could no longer find joy in my usual activities. One month later, my mood has experienced a complete 180. The thing that got me from one point to the other was Bear in the Big Blue House.

I started off 2023 feeling totally defeated. My efforts to find a new job were going nowhere, money was hard to hold on to, and the guy I was dating called things off to focus on a pressing personal issue. I was absolutely miserable.

I tried passing the time with the one thing that I usually looked forward to: watching TV. Unfortunately, Wednesday, Lucifer, and all my other favourite characters were no longer comforting me the way they usually did.

I spent a lot of days trying to do work, desperately job hunting, and quietly sobbing in my room. I was in a lot of pain and desperate to find something that could help me move past it.

Then I remembered some TikToks I’d seen of a familiar Bear wishing everyone a Merry Christmas alongside his human counterpart, Noel MacNeal. Didn’t they announce Bear in the Big Blue House was added to Disney Plus back in October?

Inner child healing was a concept I was very familiar with, but hadn’t actually explored. And I’m definitely not the first adult to admit to watching a kid’s show for nostalgia and comfort. So my 28 year-old self opened Disney Plus and found the show trending on the home screen.

I binged watched the whole show in less than a month. I watched an episode at dinner, an episode to fall asleep, and even episodes during the day when my depression and anxiety were at their peak. I found so much comfort in these familiar characters, the soft voices, the fun songs, Bear sniffing the camera. It felt like the reunion I didn’t know I needed.

I started to feel better a little each day, and life started to get better too. I found a new job I’m really excited about, and my family is helping me get back on track in life.

I can’t say for sure that Bear is 100% the reason my life improved in a month’s time, but I’m sure glad I had him to comfort me when things started to feel too hard. I don’t think we should take the things that gave us joy as kids for granted.

Have you ever relied on a blast from the past to get you through a difficult time? “What do you think?”

#innerchild #tvshows #Depression #Selfcare

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Inner child healing

I’ve been watching this show on Hulu called Shadowhunters; there’s a character named Jayce and he’s been possessed by a demon. The possession took away everything in his mind to which equates to his lover is nonstop being murdered by him and he can’t control himself from killing her again and again as she keeps popping up. His brother and sister who are also Shadowhunters go inside his mind with the help of a warlock to search for the real Jayce. Since his sister and brother had been taken away in his childhood memories, the grown up Izzy and Alec (brother and sister) find the real Jayce and persuade him that they aren’t the demon in disguise torturing him again. The fact that the childhood memory was about them sword fighting and laughing their little selves out and then losing them in that memory, made me immediately think about my sisters and me, with me losing connection with them so soon in life. I was only in late elementary/early middle school when my younger sister stopped wanting to hang out with me and my other sister didn’t know how to handle my personality disorder (which we had no idea about yet). I blubbered like a baby during the entire thing and had to pause it to write it in my journal and here. #Anxiety #innerchild #Healing #Depression #PersonalityDisorders

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Swing

Swing

Flying through the wind

Curling your legs underneath you

Swing

Head tilted back

Laughing because it’s uphill

Swing

Scraping feet against gravel

Trying to slow the up and down

Swing

Feet hitting the ground

But you can’t even rise from the

Swing

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Depression and mania

Swings in the middle of the night

It’s creative outbursts

Suicide whispers

The dancing in the living room

Naps throughout the day

But when night hits

Once again

The grinning demon

Swings

#innerchild #Bipolar #Poetry #poems #Trauma #moodswings

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Four: Inner Child

You’re four

I can still hear you cry

You almost never laugh

Sometimes you’re angry

Otherwise, desperate

Affection is lost now

Isolation is welcomed

You’re four

Eyes are blue

Hair matted to head

When you smile

It’s snatched away

Like a starving child

Reaching for that bread

You’re four

Never growing

Always stuck

I don’t know

How to heal someone

Who wants everything

And nothing

But you’re still

Four

#innerchild #Poetry #poems #Trauma #Therapy

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Is your inner child hiding from you?

Inner child work is something I'm somewhat familiar with. While I've incorporated it into my own therapy I haven't exactly been successful with it. Let's just say my inner child and I don't get along very well.

Reading this beautiful description of how Erica became the adult her inner child needed was so moving to me:

Working With My Inner Child: How I Became the Adult I Always Needed

Have any of you successfully navigated this kind of deep trauma work? If so, what was the experience like for you and how has it helped you with your PTSD symptoms. Share below.

#Trauma #PTSD #CPTSD #innerchild #Therapy #IFS

Working With My Inner Child: How I Became the Adult I Always Needed

"I had to build a safe place for the 3-year-old me who desperately needed help."
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I can't connect with my children unless I'm connected to myself

I've just joined The Mighty community and was thrilled to find this group! I love all the real and honest reflections.

I'm mum to two beautiful, adopted children who are both exquisitely sensitive and struggle to regulate their intense emotions. The greatest gift they have given me is bringing me to the end of myself to a place where I've had to search deep within to be able to meet them with the genuineness and authenticity that they so badly need.

I've realized in such a profound way that we need to love and embrace our own inner child if we are ever going to be able to connect with the children in our care. #authentic #Parenting #SpecialNeeds #SpecialNeedsParenting #MentalHealth #connecting #Children #Grace #genuine #innerchild

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