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. says

    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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  2. says

    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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  3. says

    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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  4. says

    “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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  5. says

    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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  6. says

    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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