Another great technique that I like to use with my clients is the safe calm space – it is a visualization exercise. So for this one, you’re going to close your eyes and imagine a place where you feel safe, relaxed, comfortable. For a lot of people, that place is a beach. You’re going to be there and you’re going to use all your senses. So you close your eyes and the first thing that you feel, what is it? Is it warm sand on your feet? What kinds of things are you seeing? Are there other people there? Are you alone? What kind of sounds do you hear? Is it crashing waves on the shore? What kinds of tastes do you feel? Do you feel the taste of the beach, of the ocean, is it saltiness? What kinds of smells come up for you while you are there? Is it the smells of the ocean? This is a great place for you to go every time you are stressed, anxious, or struggling with situations – it’s a calm place for you to be.
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