When Life Gets Overwhelming, Act Like a Kid

I’m not one that relaxes easily. I always have a ton of things going on in my life, and I have always been like that. I thrive in a certain amount of chaos. I think I get bored too easily.

Every now and then I have to stop and remind myself not to take life so seriously. Or to just slow down.

Luckily my kids are constant reminders of how incredibly wonderful and exciting life can be, even when things aren’t going your way.

Next time life seems to be overwhelming, try doing the following:

  • Throw your arms up in the air and yell “wheeeeeeee” while going down a hill in the car.
  • Run around in circles until you fall. Get up and try to walk. Repeat over and over.
  • Play peek-a-boo with a perfect stranger.
  • Say “I don’t waaaaannnnna” when you don’t agree with someone.
  • Respond to every question or statement with the question “Why?”
  • Pick dandelions and act like they are the most beautiful flowers in the world.
  • Walk around on all fours and tell everyone you are a dinosaur. (Alternately, throw on an old bridesmaid dress and tiara and tell everyone you are a princess.)
  • Fall on the floor in a dramatic fashion to show your utter disgust with a situation.
  • Pull a chair across the room, stand on it and watch a fish for ten minutes without moving.
  • Play with your food.
  • Plan your day around a nap.
  • Request cookies for breakfast.
  • Put your jacket on upside down and show everyone.
  • Loudly declare things like “That man is wearing a green shirt!” as you walk down the street.
  • Have an impromptu phone conversation on a banana.
  • Make up your own language.
  • Dance and sing whenever and wherever you are. Loudly.
  • Jump in puddles. No. Wade in them.
  • Ride the dog.

Life gets overwhelming sometimes. But life’s too short not to live like a kid again every now and then.

Take a few cues from children around you. They know how to appreciate life.

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  1. Kids sure do live every day to the fullest!

    I always will go for enjoying an ice cream cone! :)
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  2. I do all of these things on a regular basis… really does help

    …..except for riding the dog…

  3. One of my favorite stress relievers is to color in a coloring book with crayons. I love the feeling of the wax of the crayons on the texture of the coloring book. Very soothing.

    I totally agree that we can learn so much from children about how to enjoy life.
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  4. Might I just add… Dandylions ARE the most beautiful flower!
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  5. Sounds good to me. Some of my best days are those I can plan around a nap.
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  6. Love this list! Must try some of these ASAP! Happy SITS Day!
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  7. I’m the exact same way a lot of the time–too many thoughts running through my head–and I often feel like I need to slow down. But I do find it’s fun sometimes to act like a little kid–they’re usually so carefree–and do kid crafts and get messy. Definitely helps bring me back down.

    Happy SITS day!
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  8. Happy SITS day! I love love love this post!!
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  9. I really like the fall down on the floor part, I might try that today :) Enjoy your SITS Day!
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  10. There is something so freeing about the undbridled joy and brutal honesty of a kid. Love this post!
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  11. This is great- I love advice like this. It’s true, it works and I need to be constantly reminded of it!
    Happy SITS day
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  12. Children certainly know how to live life moment by moment. Love this post!
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  13. I agree! Never lose the kid inside you! Happy SITS day!
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  14. Why? Ha. Taking your advice. Enjoy your SITS Day.
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  15. This is so true, isn’t it? And I sure could use cookies for breakfast.
    Venassa recently posted..Time to enjoy the little thingsMy Profile

  16. Reminds me of “Everything I learned I learned in Kindergarten”. Classic…love these listies. Thank you!

  17. This is a great post! :) I do feel like acting like a child sometimes really helps put things in perspective! :) Hope you have a great SITS day! :)

  18. This is such a wonderful post. We all should be more kid every once in a while! Sometimes you just need a time out from being grown up and serious
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  19. {Melinda} Love it!! Yes, lightening things up does so much to break the tension and change our perspective!

    Happy SITS Day!

  20. Haa! I think I’ll throw a full-blown tantrum right here at work. Hilarious! Kids really know how to enjoy life. Happy SITS day SITStah!
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  21. That’s great advice and sounds like something i do with my child almost every day for a few hours. I become his age (one) and we play! And at that moment – I have no bills, no clients, no stress…Just fun and laughs because his laughter is so genuine, so beautiful and so infectious.

    Thanks for the post. This is great!
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  22. I’m not one that easily relaxes either! Your post is such a great reminder that we sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be. Having kids (two boys, at that) has helped me to relax and be silly.
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  23. We all need to remember that. Being a kid is a time of innocence and fun. I want to be innocent and fun again. But then I won’t be able to drink wine. So there are benefits of not being 3.
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  24. Make cookies, brownies, etc., and lick the spoon!
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  25. Umm, that sounds like me, it’s a way to help you stay grounded! Ride the dog, whew that’s funny! Poor little dog!
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  26. “Jump in puddles. No. Wade in them.”

    BOTH!! We go puddle-jumping all the time, here in rainy Portland, OR, and it’s kiddo’s favorite season. She has welcomed the gloom and rain with open arms this month, and exclaims over the beauty of it daily. I LOVE seeing the world through her eyes :)
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  27. What a great reminder to not take life quite so seriously all the time! I need that reminder today : ) Happy SITS Day!
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  28. Love the ideas but I think that our dog Spirit would not buy into the “Ride the dog.” idea. However, I am going to “Respond to every question or statement with the question “Why?”. It will be payback to husband who won’t wear his hearing aids around the house, and is always asking, “HUH, what did you say?”.
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  29. haha! great advice. my personal go-to is to dramatically proclaim that something is “the worst thing that’s ever happened to me” (super important stuff like my husband forgetting to put sodas in the fridge to chill, or the blanket falling off the bed – you know, the worst things in the world!)
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  30. Love these ideas :) Happy SITS Day!
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  31. This is true. We should never let go of the inner child in each one of us… It’ll keep you sane when the world around you gets crazy…

    Happy SITS Day! :)
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  32. This list is too funny; there are at least five things that I’d love to do! Happy SITS day!
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