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"My Safe Space": Art Therapy Activity to Manage Anxiety

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, anxiety can easily creep in, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and in need of a refuge. As an art therapist, I often guide individuals through a powerful art therapy activity designed to manage anxiety – “drawing your safe space”.

Begin by finding a quiet space where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, centering yourself in the present moment. Now, visualise a place where you feel utterly safe. Dive into the details: Is it a beach at sunset, a cozy cabin in the mountains, or perhaps a quiet garden? Consider the time of day, the season, the company you keep, and the sights, sounds, and scents that surround you.

Once you have a vivid mental image of your safe space, translate it onto paper using paints, oil pastels, or colour pencils. Allow your creativity to flow freely, capturing the essence of your sanctuary. Focus on the colours and shapes that resonate with the emotions and sensations tied to this place.

This tangible representation becomes a visual anchor, a reminder of your safe haven. When anxiety strikes, gaze upon your artwork. Let the colours and shapes transport you back to that comforting space, facilitating a sense of calm and security.

As an art therapist, I invite you to engage in this transformative practice. Discover the therapeutic power of self-expression through art. If you find value in this activity and wish to explore further, consider booking a personalised 1:1 art therapy session. Together, we can navigate the intricacies of your emotions and unlock the healing potential of creativity. Take the first step towards a calmer, more centred you.


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