A Calm Safe Place:
Sit back and relax. Close your eyes and go inside yourself. Breathe deeply and slowly. Take a slow inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your nose if possible. Now, try to slow down your exhale and notice how your heart rate slows. Feel your breathing and let go of everything else…
Imagine a place that is special to you, a place where you love to be. It may be outside in nature, inside a house, or from a picture or a dream. Wherever it is, go there now. Notice what it looks like and smells like; see the colors, feel the textures, and hear the sounds. In this special place, it is peaceful and beautiful….you are safe and loved, happy and relaxed. You can feel the warming in your own heart and know our own mind. You are free to be yourself. Spend a moment and enjoy yourself in this special place. When you are ready you can open your eyes.
Deep Breathing Techniques: deep breathing is an important part of managing strong emotions. Sit back, lengthening your spine with your feet evenly planted on the floor. Breath slowly in through your nose for the count of 5. Hold that breath for a count of 3, then exhale slower than you inhaled to the count of 7. Repeat 2 more times. Notice the changes in your body.