Do you remember a time when life was fun and you didn’t stay up tossing and turning and worrying at night?  The answer is probably “yes!” followed by “when I was young.” But, the reality is you don’t have to let age and responsibility govern every single moment of your day. You can, in fact, choose to reclaim the carefree side of yourself … with a little practice.

Benjamin Franklin once said: “We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”  When you think about it, he was absolutely right!  Here are seven suggestions for reconnecting with your inner child:

Be Carefree

While it’s true that you must be responsible and take care of your personal and professional matters, you can give yourself permission to take a break from thinking, evaluating, and budgeting. Make a conscious effort to put worries aside because, most of the time, you’ve done all that you can do and worrying does nothing to help a situation.

Play Games

Did you like playing board games, video games or even hide and seek as a kid? Why not consider dedicating one night a week to playing games. Get down on the floor and have fun with your kids or invite some of your friends over for a round of Scrabble or Monopoly. You will be amazed by how rejuvenated you feel.

Express Yourself Freely

If something makes you happy, sad, excited or scared, speak up.  Don’t bottle it up and keep it inside. Of course, you may have to be a bit more contained in certain environments (work, for example), but if you feel like crying or jumping for joy, do it!

Sing and Dance

Have you ever been in the car alone and turned up the radio really loud so you could sing the top of your lungs?  Have you ever danced in your bedroom when no one else was around? It felt amazing, right? Why not do those things at other times too? If you’re cooking dinner, for example, why not put on some music and show off your dance moves?  If you’re in the supermarket and a great song comes on, go ahead and sing along. It’s liberating!

Push Your Limits

Everything is brand new to kids, because they’re usually trying things for the first time. They learn to walk, to go to Kindergarten, they have their first kiss … When was the last time you did something new?  Start pushing your boundaries and get out of your comfort zone. You will feel like you are discovering yourself all over again.

Whatever you choose to do, live your life to the fullest.