We all face anxiety from time to time. Whether you have a presentation, a proposal, an exam, or are taking on a roller coaster ride. These are normal occurrences. However, it is not healthy to wake up every morning feeling an impending sense of doom rush over you like a monsoon. Nor is it healthy to panic because, all of a sudden, you feel as though you may suffer from a heart attack because someone a few seats away from you sneezed and they could be carrying a deadly bacteria.
Whatever it is that gets you on edge in more ways than it should, try this technique my therapist taught me about a few weeks back. I have been using it for the past month, and it has proven helpful in a multitude of stressful and anxiety-invoking situations. This technique is called Guided
To begin, take a deep breath and close your eyes. Imagine you in are in a safe, comforting, and happy place that makes you feel most fulfilled. Try to imagine what it looks like. What does it smell like? What do you hear? What would you taste? What do you feel? Focus intently on each sensation that you feel and let it fully encapsulate you. Do this for at least 5-10 minutes to fully immerse yourself in your "safe space." Initially, my first "safe space" was Tyler Durden's ice cave from the movie Fight Club. It felt so comforting to imagine laying down in my comforter on my pillows feeling the ice cold breeze on my skin, smelling the crisp cool air of fresh melting water, hearing the melting water
Now, I found my perfect "space." Here, I feel most peaceful and happy and one with who I am. I close my eyes and I am floating deep below in the ocean. I see schools of fish and whales a few feet apart. I see the sand floor
Now, I have started to branch out and make more "safe spaces." From the feeling you get standing at the edge of a 20 ft diving board about to jump off, to spinning in circles while ice skating, to looking down from being suspended 100 ft up at a rock