At times, the world can be a stressful place, and it helps to have few safe spaces where you can be yourself and let your guard down to relax and replenish your energy. For this safe space, we must give ourselves and our own needs a top priority. Nothing is more important than the fact that we are well.
It's essential to have specific times, places, and groups of people that foster a sense of relaxation and emotional security for you, as it's harder to handle the stress of criticism, negativity, and high demands when you're already compromised by stress. This can help you build resilience and relieve stress when you need it.
Don't waste your energy trying to make yourself understandable to people who cannot, and if you urgently need outside support, seek professionals. Getting support is not a sign of weakness but strength!
You can transform any area of your home or an empty room into a meditative space, free from distractions and stimuli. This will be the same way you separate rooms for sleeping, eating, and showering.
You should clearly define your safe space so that your brain learns to associate it with a sense of calm and relaxation. Also, try and resist the urge to misuse your meditative space for work or leisure.
Once in a while and as often as you can, meet up with a few of your trusted friends! Being with people who make you feel good can be a great way to create more emotional support in your life. Just be sure to take the time and build it into your schedule.
The aesthetic of your environment can also have a strong therapeutic effect. Decorate your safe space in a way you can express yourself while tapping into your favorite relaxation triggers.
Consider using candles, incense, or essential oils for aromatherapeutic effects. Color therapy also has a similar impact as muted tones help encourage feelings of wellbeing and emotional safety.
Sometimes, opening to new people and experiences can feel scary, mainly if you're not accustomed to it. You to be brave and vulnerable, but it is essential if you're going to make any form of progress in your mental health journey. Learn to communicate your fears and open up about your past.
Even though a safe space allows you to unleash all your thoughts, there is no need to dominate the conversation, especially in group meetings. After all, you've all come to be heard. After you've listened, consider speaking. Once others have listened, let them do the talking.