I had a rough childhood, as a lot of us have had, and the adults in my life failed me many times. When I grew older, I was still carrying a lot of those childhood issues into adulthood. I didn't know how to get rid of them and it affected me badly for years. One day, I was just reflecting on my life and I imagined that younger me was in front of present me, as if she was like my own child. I immediately felt so many feelings. I just wanted to hug my younger self and tell her life will be okay because she didn't know at the time that it would be. I wanted to give her the talks that I wished I had received. I wanted to tell her the important life lessons I've learned between then and now. That's when I realized that I had been neglecting my inner child because I figured she wouldn't exist or be important anymore as I became an adult.
A lot of us have grown up and started to realize how our past can cause trauma that alters us deeply. It could be things like dealing with abuse, trying to heal from toxic people, seeing the death of a loved one, or so many other situations. I know that everyone dealing with trauma has had different experiences, but hopefully at least some of these tips can help: