Hannah’s Safe Space Ideas
These are strange and unknown times for everyone. As well as acknowledging the amazing things key workers are doing,it is very important to look after ourselves.
Having a safe space to go to when you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or simply just want somewhere quiet to go, is a fantastic resource to have.
It doesn’t have to be big and fancy, it just has to be an area where you feel totally relaxed and safe.
To make this area even more special and relaxing you can include some personal items, that bring comfort to you. This could be fairy lights, cushions and a blanket. If music helps calm you, that can be playing in the background. I personally find piano music very calming and relaxing.
Another idea is to make your own sensory box that you can keep in your safe space. This is great, especially if fidget and sensory toys help you to feel calm and relaxed.
When you go to your safe space, it is important to be able to switch your brain off to everything. This time is for you and only you. Our brain is constantly busy. It is constantly having to take in and digest lots of information. For example, when socialising with people at school, our brain is having to think of words and sentences to say. Then your brain overthinks:‘Did I say the right thing’ and ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have said that’.
Our brain is like a computer, it is an amazing machine that is full of knowledge and it is very clever, but at the end of each day, you need to switch the power button off.
You can also create your own safe space in your mind. This is particularly helpful if you are in a public space which may be busy with both people and noises.
In the past when I have needed some time out due to overwhelming emotions, I have created my own safe space. Once there, I like to shut my eyes and imagine myself lying on a hammock on a white sandy beach, listening to the sound of the waves. I have used this when using public transport and social areas such as restaurants. This just gives your body and brain time to relax and feel safe, whilst blocking out any surrounding noises.
To begin with, it might feel odd and it may not work the first time you try it, but like everything, it will take time.
As I previously said these are unknown times for everybody and looking after yourself has never been so important. Creating and using your own safe space is a fun, free and simple activity that will help reduce anxiety and promote self-care.
Remember to stay safe during this time!