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Nurturing Your Inner Child: A Guide to Managing Trauma as an Adult

**This is being written from my perspective as a Coach. Please read this with an open mind and heart. Also, know that you are NOT broken. You do however, need to look at what you do, how you are doing it, and more importantly, why you are doing it.**



One of the most "misunderstood" things that we experience as adults is caring for our inner child. The higher number of adults will unknowingly bring forth a lot of their childhood trauma which can be based on the fact that many adults were reared by others who are broken themselves.


In essence, the pains of the parent(s) became your burden to bear in your adult life. Those pains were passed onto you through bad communication, low self-esteem, verbal/physical abuse, passive-aggressive behavior, and other poor examples.


This is not the moment that I am suggesting that you throw your parent(s) under the bus. After all, your parent(s) did the best with what they knew to do, not understanding their own brokenness, yet, here we are.

As adults, we often carry with us the experiences and wounds from our childhood, and these traumas can have a lasting impact on our emotional well-being. Our inner child represents the essence of who we were during those formative years, and tending to that vulnerable part of ourselves is crucial for healing and personal growth. In this article, I wanted to explore steps you can take to protect and nurture your inner child as you navigate the journey of healing from trauma.


1. Recognize the existence of your inner child:

The first step in managing trauma is acknowledging the presence of your inner child. Take a moment to reflect on your past experiences and how they have shaped your present emotional landscape. By recognizing the wounded child within you, you create space for healing and self-compassion.

2. Cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion:

Developing self-awareness allows you to observe and understand your emotional triggers, reactions, and patterns. Practice self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness, patience, and understanding. Remember that your inner child deserves love and care, just like any child would.

3. Create a safe space for your inner child:

Create physical and emotional spaces that provide safety and comfort for your inner child. Surround yourself with people who support and validate your emotions. Engage in activities that bring you joy and allow you to connect with your inner child, such as painting, dancing, or playing.

4. Practice inner child dialogues:

Engage in a dialogue with your inner child to better understand their needs and fears. Write letters to your younger self, expressing love, reassurance, and understanding. This practice can help bridge the gap between your adult self and your inner child, fostering healing and integration.

5. Embrace your emotions:

Allow yourself to feel and express your emotions freely. By acknowledging and processing your emotions, you create space for healing and growth. Avoid suppressing or numbing your feelings, as this can stifle your inner child's voice and hinder healing.

6. Find Someone (that is safe) to Talk With (i.e. professional support):

Healing from trauma can be a complex and challenging journey, and seeking professional support is highly beneficial. A qualified therapist or counselor can provide guidance, tools, and techniques to help you navigate the healing process and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

7. Set healthy boundaries:

Establishing boundaries is essential for protecting your inner child. Learn to say no to situations or people that may trigger past traumas or compromise your emotional well-being. Prioritize your needs and create a safe and nurturing environment for your inner child to thrive.

8. Engage in self-care practices:

Engaging in self-care activities regularly is vital for managing trauma and nurturing your inner child. Prioritize activities that promote relaxation, self-reflection, and personal growth. This could include meditation, journaling, taking walks in nature, practicing mindfulness, or enjoying a warm bath.



The Wrap-Up:

Healing from trauma requires compassion, patience, and commitment. By actively nurturing your inner child, you can provide the love, care, and understanding that you may have missed during your formative years. Remember that your inner child deserves healing, happiness, and the opportunity to grow into a resilient adult. Through self-awareness, self-compassion, and the implementation of healthy coping mechanisms, you can embark on a transformative journey toward healing and create a brighter future for yourself.


I would like to hear from you on this. Is inner child trauma a thing you see in your life? How did you deal with it or have you? Let's talk about it. Feel free to comment below or email me. One more thing; When you are ready to elevate your life, relationship, or business team, I will be ready to show you how.


Be well,

Coach K

p: 531-300-1324

w: www.iamcoachkenn.com




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