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How to Remember Your Childhood

By Liza Hollis ; Updated April 18, 2017
Sometimes looking at photographs can help trigger childhood memories.

Over time, memories from your childhood may be lost and forgotten. Sometimes, if the memories are too painful, the mind may focus on repressing these upsetting thoughts. While some people are able to recall their past experiences easily, others may need some help in tapping into this information. If you are looking to remember your childhood, there are some techniques you can try.

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Visit important locations from your childhood that may trigger your memories. If you no longer live in your childhood home, this would be a great place to start. Also visit schools, favorite hangouts, parks or any other location that you frequented in your youth. Take pictures or notes of your surroundings to review later.

Communicate with people who were around when you were younger. They might be able to help you remember parts of your childhood that you have forgotten. Friends and family members might remember different events that you no longer remember, which can be a big help improve your recall of the past.

Review pictures from your childhood. Because photographs are moments caught in time, these are often very effective in reminding people of their former experiences. Even if you do not remember when or where the picture was taken, you may be able to find clues in the photo that will trigger childhood memories.

Look into meditation practices which can help clear your mind and allow you to tap in to these hidden memories. Distractions from daily life can make it difficult for you to remember your past. Consider using meditation as a way to channel your focus and stimulate memory.

See a trained hypnotist who may be able to help you remember your childhood.

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About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.

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