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My Safe Place

A mindful activity to get children thinking about where they feel safe and happy.

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Where does your child feel safe? Who is it with? What do they keep there? Is it a designated space in your house, or perhaps it's at a grandparents' house?

This mindful activity gets your child thinking about where they feel the most safe in the world and asks them to use their senses to describe what it's like.

About this resource:

My Safe Place is a mindful activity designed for children to explore and describe their safe and happy place.

• Fun and mindful: My Safe Place encourages children to engage in mindfulness by focusing their attention on their safe and happy place.
• Grounding Technique: By using their senses to describe their safe place, children practise grounding themselves in the present moment, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation.
• Calming and Comforting: This activity provides children with a comforting exercise to reflect on a place where they feel safe and happy, fostering a sense of security and well-being.
• Encourages the Use of a Safe Place: My Safe Place encourages children to identify and utilise a safe place as a tool for finding calm and managing challenging emotions.
• Suitable for Various Settings: This activity can be used at home, in educational settings, or by mental health professionals to support children's emotional well-being.

Benefits:

• Mindful and Calming: Engaging in My Safe Place helps children develop mindfulness skills, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. By focusing on their safe place, children can reduce anxiety and stress.
• Emotional Regulation: Reflecting on their safe place and using their senses to describe it supports children in regulating their emotions and finding a sense of inner peace.
• Comfort and Security: Thinking about their safe and happy place offers children a sense of comfort, security, and emotional support, which can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing anxiety or trauma.
• Self-Expression and Communication: This activity encourages children to use descriptive language, promoting self-expression and enhancing communication skills.
• Mental Health Support: My Safe Place serves as a valuable resource for parents, professionals, and teachers seeking to provide mental health support to children. It can be used as part of trauma-informed care, anxiety management strategies, or general well-being practices.

In summary, My Safe Place is a mindful activity that encourages children to reflect on and describe their safe and happy place using their senses. By engaging in this grounding exercise, children develop mindfulness skills, find calmness, and foster a sense of comfort and security.

My Safe Place supports children in feeling safe, happy, and grounded. It is a valuable tool for promoting mental well-being, trauma recovery, anxiety management, and overall emotional health in children.