I took this picture almost ten years ago when I was in Mozambique. I remember waking up early, taking my journal, and walking alone to sit on the beach. I felt safe, happy, peaceful, and grateful. I had no cares in the world and was truly allowing myself to be in the moment and enjoy where I was. This memory is my “safe place.”
If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, sad or stressed you can help shift these feelings to a more neutral place, maybe even a pleasant place, buy utilizing your “safe place.”
I lead many of my clients through a “Safe Place Guided Imagery” as a way to help them relax but also to provide them with a resource in their everyday life. This exercise works better if you are able to listen to someone’s voice so that you can get in a comfortable position and close your eyes or gaze in one direction. (You can probably google “Safe Place Guided Imagery” and listen to a YouTube of someone guiding you)
You want to take your time with this and begin by first taking a moment to notice your breath. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Imagine a place you have been to or a place you create in your mind that will likely elicit positive feelings - calm, safe, relaxed, neutral. It is important to spend some time in this place so you can sense into it. You want to notice how you feel in this place, describe the colors, smells, temperature and textures in this place. Imagine as much detail as you can of your place. You can even name your safe place so that you can think of your word or phrase to help bring you to this place when you need it. Because you are using your imagination you can make any changes you want to make you place feel even safer, calmer and relaxing. When you have a good sense of your place and you have experience calmer feelings you can open your eyes. For some it helps to utilize are to draw your safe place. You can even hang this up somewhere!
If you have ever experienced this before or try it, I’d love to hear what you think! - 1 hour ago