It hit me while waking up just this morning… I’m 29 years old and I still sleep with my teddy bear. But only when I’m at my moms, where I’ve been living for the last few years. I’m moving out at the end of the month and I was thinking… Will I sleep without my bear at my new place? Is my bear just my own source of comfort? Do I need to let go of it?
Psychologically speaking, touch has known health benefits, especially emotionally. Teddy bears are known as a source of soothing comfort, and for infants and toddlers are transitional objects to help with separating from sleeping closer to mother.
There are many reasons an adult may choose to sleep with a beloved stuffed animal. In times of loneliness they can be just the comfort you need. That’s it, a sign of need. Unless sleeping with a stuffy interferes with your daily life than it shouldn’t be a problem and you can cuddle and love them with all your heart’s content.
For myself, it may be time to transition, and shelf my bear (until I can either toss or give him away). I’ve gone through a lot of shit in my life and sleeping with my bear was a source of comfort, the cuddles that I needed that I never really got growing up.
I’m making a big step in moving forward to a more positive journey. This means a lot of “letting go,” material items as well as emotional baggage. The bear is something that needs to be let go.
For a lot of people, their stuffed animal is a prized possession. For me, it’s just been a source of comfort and actually, now I realize, has a lot of negative connotations attached.
If you are an adult with a beloved stuffed animal, and you’re asking yourself the same question I did this morning, here’s my advice:
Ask yourself these questions:
- Is my animal interfering with my daily life?
- Does it provide me comfort?
- Are there any negative energies attached?
Answering these will help you decide whether or not to finally let go of your stuffy, replace it, or keep it.
It’s nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of, and surprisingly